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14. Mountain Box or Mountain Lover (Paxistima myrsinites)
Collected: 1805 Nov 16 - Mouth of Columbia River
1806 Jun 16 - Hungry Creek, Lolo Trail, Idaho
Mountain Box or Mountain Lover
Mountain Box or Mountain Lover
Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium
University of Cincinnati

Journal Entry 1805 Nov 16: "Our camp is in full view of the ocean, on the bay laid down by Vancouver, which we distinguish by the name of Haley's bay, from a trader who visits the Indians here, and is a great favourite among them." (Lewis. 1814. Vol. 2, p. 77.)

Journal Entry 1806 Jun 16: "We found much difficulty in following the road, the greater part of it being now covered with snow, which lies in great masses eight or ten feet deep, and would be impassable were it not so firm as to bear our horses. Early in the evening we reached Hungry creek….Hungry creek is small at this place, but is deep, and discharges a torrent of water, perfectly transparent, and cold as ice. During the fifteen miles of our route to-day, the principal timber was the pitch-pine, white-pine, larch, and fir….In the early part of the day we saw the columbine, the blue-bell, and the yellow flowering pea in bloom." (Lewis. 1814. Vol. 2, pp. 314-315.)

Notes: This plant is common in the western states. The eastern species of this plant is extremely rare. There are only three sites where it is found; two in Ohio and one in West Virginia. One of the Ohio sites is in Highland County where there is a single plant covering an area of approximately 100 square feet.