The Cottonwood Explorer

On this day, in 1805, Meriwether Lewis was just one day away from reaching the Great Falls of Missouri.
He wrote his own brief description of a species that was previously unknown to science. 

He wrote,

"The narrow-leafed cottonwood grows here in common with the other species of the same tree with a broadleaf."

Wonder if he saw all the cottonwood seeds floating through the air...

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