Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, March 20, 1940

On the way up here Hugo was very favorably impressed with these mountains as a collecting area, so we decided to spend a day for me to recuperate and for him to go into the forest. After an excellent sleep I felt much better but my sunburn was still quite painful with some large blisters in evidence.

I spent the morning reconstructing my diary after its salt water treatment at Poso. Hugo returned at 2 P.M. with specimens of a red fruited vine and a very pretty flower, both of which I photographed in color and black and white.

Hugo went off again. He said that he had had to keep entirely to the road as there were no forest trails and the high dense growth would be almost impossible to get through.

I received a message to call up the controlleur at Donggala and could not think what was up. He wanted our rooms tomorrow for himself and family. I of course told him we would leave, since these rest houses are government run and officials have precedence.

I tried walking a short distance on the road but it was too painful. The burns on my thighs were somewhat inflamed and very red. Hugo and I discussed the trip to Paloe in the stiff springed bus and I do not know whether it is possible. We also discussed a possible new plan. This was to make a trip of about 100 kilometers on horseback into the Toradja country and return to Kulawi, getting a steamer to Macassar from Donggala. This would have the advantage that we would not have to take all our baggage on the horseback trip.

Just at present I do not feel like thinking about riding at all and think it is a question whether I will be sufficiently healed in time.

Hugo found nothing further in the afternoon.

Wild banana at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi
Wild banana at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Wild banana at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi
Wild banana at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Fruit of wild banana collected at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi
Fruit of wild banana collected at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Aroid vine growing in a thicket
Aroid vine growing in a thicket at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Specimen of aroid vine
Specimen of aroid vine collected at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Flowers of a Melastoma
Flowers of a Melastoma collected at Kebon Kopi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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