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The Elk hunters shoot more elk, and the meat is brought in to Fort Clatsop (near present Astoria, Oregon). The Captains describe the salal plant.

From the journals...

The Shallon is the production of a shrub which I have heretofore taken to be a species of loral and mentioned as abounding in this neighbourhood and that the Elk fed much on it's leaves.

Meriwether Lewis

Salal, Gaultheria shallon

Salal bush with dark green leaves

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

we have both Dined and Suped on Elks tongues and marrowbones. a great Luxury for Fort Clatsop.

William Clark

Fort Clatsop

Looking out a window at Fort Clatsop

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

the fruit is a deep perple berry about the size of a buck short or common black cherry, of an ovate form tho reather more bluntly pointed, than at the insertion of the peduncle

Meriwether Lewis

Salal, Gaultheria shallon

Fuzzy white berries with pink accents hanging from a branch

Photo ©2008 Walter Siegmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.