|Genus / Species:||Gaultheria shallon|
|Notes:||Lewis & Clark first described this plant in detail while wintering at Fort Clatsop in 1806. The natives called it 'Shal-lon' and commonly preserved the berries by pounding them and baking them into large 10-15 lb loaves, which later would be broken and stired in with cold water. |
In 1825 when David Douglas, the great plant collector, first arrived by ship at the mouth of the Columbia River he wrote: 'On stepping on the shore Gaulthera shallon was the first plant I took in my hands. So pleased was I that I could scarcely see anything but it.'
Waxmyrtle Trail, Siltcoos Recreation Area - - - October 21, 2007
St Pertetua Trail, Siuslaw National Forest - - November 4, 2004
|Guide:||Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar & MacKinnon / Douglas of the Forest by Davies / Original Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Vol IV edited by Thwaites||