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"Wild Rose"
Includes ... Wild Rose ... Nootka Rose ... Wood's Rose ...
Image, 2005, Wild Rose, Columbia River Gorge, click to enlarge
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Wild Rose, Columbia River Gorge. The Nootka Rose. Photographed near Woodward Creek, Washington. Image taken May 13, 2005.


Lewis and Clark and the "Wild Rose" ...
Captain Lewis writes about the wild roses in his journal at a camp in Idaho while on the return journey, although both he and Captain Clark mention the wild rose throughout their journey.

"... there are two speceis of the wild rose both quinqui petallous and of a damask red but the one is as large as the common red rose of our gardens. I observed the apples of this speceis last fall to be more than triple the size of those of the ordinary wild rose; the stem of this rose is the same with the other tho' the leaf is somewhat larger. ..." [Lewis, June 10, 1806]

Historians have identified these two roses as the "Nootka Rose" (Rosa nutkana) and "Wood's Rose" (Rosa woodsii, or the Western Wild Rose). Both were undescribed species at the time of the Lewis and Clark journey (Moulton, vol.8). The "Wild Rose" is a plentiful throughout the woodlands of Washington and Oregon. Beautiful shrubs of the rose can be found along Woodard Creek, Washington and scattered around the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.


Image, 2005, Wild Rose, Columbia River Gorge, click to enlarge
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Wild Rose, Columbia River Gorge. The Nootka Rose. Photographed near Woodward Creek, Washington. Image taken May 13, 2005.
Image, 2007, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Wild Rose. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 19, 2007.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

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All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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