Heliotropium indicum, from Bartram’s Garden, 1795.
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Heliotropium indicum

Credit: The American Philosophical Society, From Barton's Elements of Botany, Philadelphia 1803.

Pressing plants was the best way to preserve them as specimens for scientific study. In 1795, Philadelphia botanist Benjamin Smith Barton pressed this sample of Heliotropium Indicum, a plant found by botanist William Bartram on his 1761 expedition to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

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