Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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JAN 1940
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Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, January 19, 1940

After a drive with Anne and David, David and I went off in the car in search of trees which had fruit he had seen in the market yesterday.

The fruit was the marang and the edible part was something like a mangosteen but sweet instead of acid. David was very much taken with its possibilities. We reached the farm of a German named Galle who took us in his old Ford to a tree which had the fruit hanging on it. After much photographing we took some of it along and then took more pictures of the inside of Galle’s house. David wanted me to make the inside look appetizing so I took a lot of time. In addition David found a peculiar tree with clusters of red and purple fruit.

This also had to be photographed after natives had got down the fruit. We were an hour late for a lunch party at Mr. Wocesters. Fritz Wocester had a large tame eagle which we let out and fed with fish.

After a great deal of shopping and delay at the last minute because the wash had not arrived, and many visitors, we pulled out from the dock at 6:45 PM and headed for Cotabato. Everyone found Zamboanga a very interesting and pleasant town. It was a great relief, however, to get away from the dock and out to sea again. We saw a few Moro vintas with variegated sails around Zamboanga but none very close. Anne presented Fenton with a little model of a vinta which pleased him greatly.

Marang fruit

Marang fruit (Artocarpus odoratissimus), Zamboanga, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Marang fruit

Marang fruit (Artocarpus odoratissimus), Zamboanga, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Marang fruit

Marang fruitlets (Artocarpus odoratissimus), Zamboanga, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 
Araliaceae tree

Araliaceae tree, Zamboanga, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Fruit cluster of an Araliaceae

Fruit cluster of an Araliaceae, Zamboanga, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Vinta, traditional sailboat of Zamboanga

Vinta, traditional sailboat of Zamboanga. Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation
 

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