Common to this Country: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark

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Artisan Books, 2003 - Nature - 128 pages
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Lewis and Clark's 1804 to 1806 expedition to discover a direct water route to the Pacific Ocean resulted in accomplishments never imagined. Although they never found a water route west, they discovered and described more than 40 American Indian tribes, 122 animals unknown to science, and 178 types of plants. In exquisitely detailed watercolor illustrations and intriguing essays, Common to This Country explores more than two dozen of these plants' place in history and their significance.

The book skillfully chronicles Lewis' obsession with plant collecting, often in his own words, and botanically accurate watercolors display the salient features often noted in Lewis's journal. This beautiful guide will appeal to natural history buffs and gardeners alike.

 

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This collection of brief essays describes 25 plants discovered during the Lewis and Clark 1804-06 expedition. Each essay is accompanied by a beautifully rendered botanical sketch by Thomas. Done in ... Read full review

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I liked the idea behind the writing of this book. The opening history about the expedition of Lewis and Clark was general and gets you into the book. The water color illustrations and water color illustrated map made this worth while. Overall I was disappointed with the writing style, though the facts were very interesting. 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
10
Osage Orange
19
Calliobsis
23
Bur Oak
27
NarrowLeaf Coneflower
31
Lewiss Prairie Flax
35
Prickly Pear
41
Western Serviceberry
45
Ragged Robin
79
Silky Lupine
83
Old Mans Whiskers
87
Shrubby Penstemon
91
Bear Grass
95
Ponderosa Pin
99
Bitterroot
103
Wood Lily
107

Snowberry
49
Angelica
53
Camas
57
Bearberry
61
Oregon Grape Holly
65
Lewiss Syringa
71
Glacier Lily
75
Yellow Monkeyflowe
111
Bearberry Honeysuckle
115
Gumbo Evening Primrose
119
LEWIS AND CLA1K HE1BA1IUM
123
SOURCES
126
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
128
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About the author (2003)

Susan H. Munger is an editor, writer, and master gardener. She owns and operates Oldham Publishing Service and produces The New London Gazette. She lives in southeastern Connecticut Charlotte Staub Thomas is a botanical artist whose work has appeared in numerous shows throughout the United States. She resides in Bradenton, Florida

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