Presented by the Botanic Garden of Smith College

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made an immense contribution to our knowledge of North American botany. They set out in 1804 on a mission to discover a direct water route to the Pacific Ocean. Although no such passageway exists, they made some amazing discoveries along the way. Through arid plains, rugged mountains, and cloud-covered forests, Lewis and Clark collected and described over two hundred types of plants in perfect detail, many of them unknown outside Native American culture. This exhibition highlights ten of those plants.

Text excerpts from Common to This Country: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark

by Susan H. Mungar '64

with illustrations by Charlotte Staub Thomas

To view pictures of orignal plants collected by Lewis and Clark please visit our Exhibit Herbarium

Pictures of the exhibit can be viewed in our Photo Gallery

© Charlotte Staub Thomas

Click on thumbnails for more information about these plants

© 2004 Botanic Garden of Smith College

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