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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, January 21, 1940

Left Parang around 7 in two cars, one owned and driven by Howard Curran who had spent the night in the junk. The country we went through was both more cultivated and more civilized than I had expected. It was not even especially interesting with the exception of the right hand side of the road in certain places where the tropical forest had not yet been cut. Stopped fairly often but for nothing very unusual. Felt extremely sleepy all morning, possibly because I did not take Marian’s dose of Bemax at breakfast.

Stopped for lunch at B. Turno’s Lumber Camp (Malasila) where Turno acted as host and there were extensive logging operations. Very good buildings and excellent lunch.

David found a variety of chestnut [Castanopsis philippinensis] which I photographed. After lunch I drove to Davao with Howard, Daan, and Fant. David and the rest stayed at the camp to do collecting.

Howard Curran took us to the club at Davao where we had drinks. Roy Doolan, Standard Oil man here asked Daan and I to stay at his house. Fant went to a Japanese hotel. We had dinner at the club alone with Doolan, very little to eat and no drinks anywhere in sight. Concluded it had something to do with Sunday. Talked and went to bed at 10.

Daan made a test on his canvas bag of my Sherwin Williams waterproofing compound. Very satisfactory.

Daan and I had a very comfortable room at Doolan’s and a real shower.

This town has a larger Japanese element than any other in the islands.

Howard asked me to drive early tomorrow to the International Harvester hemp plant. Sorry I could not go.

B. Turno on his porch, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
B. Turno with Pandanus amaryllifolius
B. Turno with Pandanus amaryllifolius, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Ernesto Turno holding fruit of Pangium edule
Ernesto Turno holding fruit of Pangium edule, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Hugo Curran  holding fruit of Pangium edule
Hugo Curran holding fruit of Pangium edule, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Pangium edule fruit displayed on a plate
Pangium edule fruit displayed on a plate, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Lumber camp buildings
Buildings at the lumber camp, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Castanopsis philipensis
Castanopsis philipensis, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Castanopsis philipensis
Castanopsis philipensis , Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Leaves, flowers, and fruit of Castanopsis philipensis
Leaves, flowers, and fruit of Castanopsis philipensis , Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Kudzu vine (Pueraria lobata)
Kudzu vine(Pueraria lobata) in a deforested area along the Parang-Davao road. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Pinanga palm
Pinanga palm, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Pinanga palm
Pinanga palm, photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Giant Alocasia
Hugo Curran with a giant Alocasia, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Giant Alocasia
Giant Alocasia, Malasila, Mindanao, Philippines. Photographed by David Fairchild.

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