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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, March 22, 1940

Good sleep but my burn still very painful making walking difficult.

We were reminded this morning that this was Good Friday when we found the telegraph office closed. This meant spending another day here.

Mr. J. Guodde, an Am. agent for Singer Sewing Machines came to the inn. He was on the way to Parigi and Poso. He lived at Lake Tondano in Minahassa and was there when we were nearby at Noongan. He has traveled a good deal in these islands and we were sorry not to have seen him earlier.

I photographed yesterday’s specimens while Hugo went off on a bicycle to look around.

In the afternoon Wongso went with us in a car to look around for specimens. We drove about 6 km south and made an eastern circuit, stopping many times for Hugo to collect something. He found a great many new things on this short drive of which he could not even name the species. One was a red fruit about 2″ long with delicate white flowers. Wongso was over run with ants while climbing a tree but managed to get a specimen.

On the way back we saw a crowd of natives around a clearing in front of a house close to the road and found that some sort of dancing was going on. Two men were facing each other and going through a sort of posturing dance. Their costumes were not unusual but the audience was picturesque. We arranged through Wongso to take some movies at 9 on Sunday and they promised to wear their costumes and dance.

Hugo is very much impressed with the importance of this section as a collection area. The dry country had conditions of soil and climate similar to Florida so that anything here would be likely to grow there.

The controlleur, Mr. Felix, came to call on us in the afternoon and we had a pleasant conversation with him. He promised to help us as far as possible. Unfortunately he is going to Donggala next week so cannot accompany us to Kulawi as he would like to do.

Hugo Curran with a tree specimen collected from a tree near Palu
Hugo Curran with a tree specimen collected near Palu, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Hugo Curran beside a Capparis shrub near Palu
Hugo Curran beside a Capparis shrub near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
=Capparis shrub near Palu
Capparis shrub near Palu. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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