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Lewis's Specimen - Clarkia

Pursh's painting of 'Clarkia pulchella'

Pursh's painting of Clarkia

Since the only extant specimen of Clarkia pulchella collected by Lewis is the one on the preceding page, it is believed that Pursh based his painting on sketches he made for Lewis when the latter was in Philadelphia in 1807.1

--Joseph Mussulman; rev. 5/03

1. James L. Reveal, Gary E. Moulton, and Alfred E. Schuyler, "The Lewis and Clark Collections of Vascular Plants: Names, Types, and Comments," Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Vol. 149 (29 January 1999), 15.
Lewis's Specimen - Clarkia

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)