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7. Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)
Collected: 1806 Mar 27 - Mouth of Cowlitz River, Washington
Salmonberry
Salmonberry
Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium
University of Cincinnati
 
Salmonberry
Salmonberry
Pursh, Frederick. Flora Americae Septentrionalis.
London: White, Cochrane & Co. 1814.
Archives & Rare Books Department

Description: "I took a walk today of three miles to correct an errow [error] which I have heretofore made with rispect to the shrub I have hithertoo called the large leafed thorn. The leaf of this thorn is small being only ab[o]ut 2 1/2 inches long, is petiolate, conjugate; the leafets are petiolate accutely pointed, having their margins cut with unequal angular insissures. The shrub which I have heretofore confounded with this [Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)] grows in similar situations, has a stem precisely like it except the thorn and bears a large three loabed leaf." [Lewis. 1806 Apr 8] (Thwaites. 1904. Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 256.)

Journal Entry 1806 Mar 27: "At a distance of two miles we passed the entrance of Coweliskee river. This stream discharges itself on the north side of the Columbia, about three miles above a remarkably high rocky knoll, the south side of which it washes in passing, and which is separated from the northern hills by a wide bottom of several miles in extent. The Coweliskee is one hundred and fifty yards wide, deep and navigable, as the Indians assert, for a considerable distance, and most probably waters the country west and north of the range of mountains which cross the Columbia between the great falls and rapids. On the lower side of this river, a few miles from its entrance into the Columbia, is the principal village of the Skilloots…" (Lewis. 1814. Vol. 2, p. 209.)