Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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APR 1940
6

Donggala, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, April 6, 1940

We went on a collecting trip in a car starting at 7:15 on the road which extended beyond Donggala for about 20 km. Beyond that there was only a horse trail. The road passed through hilly country and then along the shore bordering Makassar strait with many native villages on the way. Hugo’s first find was a moderate sized tree with clusters of small orange red fruit. The fruit was out of reach and the tree was covered with ants so after I had photographed it, Hugo and Wongso cut it down. Hugo could not identify it. The fruit was very decorative and about the size of a small grape. On the way back he found a red, globular gourd on a vine hanging from a tree. It had about the size and appearance of a large red apple, also a very pretty shrub with red berries hanging in clusters like large currants. Hugo was disappointed that the gourd was not ripe enough to yield seeds, but hoped that it would ripen sufficiently in water.

I also photographed in color a beautiful yellow flowered vine not unlike a morning glory. We took no specimens as there were no seeds and the flowers wilted quickly. We were back by 11:30.

Late in the afternoon we went to the town to see some old bronze cannon which Hugo had been commissioned to look up for Daan. There were three and I photographed them so that Daan could see if they were what he wanted. The price asked was 25 guilders each and they could probably be bought for 16 guilders. The crowd of natives that collected to watch me photograph them almost blocked the street. Hugo found later from the KPM man that it was forbidden to ship such things out of the country. He probably thought that Daan, a resident of the Dutch East Indies was acting as an intermediary to help us get them to the U.S. He agreed, however, to ship them to Daan if he sent for them.

Packed up in the evening and between times we amused ourselves by watching the lizards on the wall catch insects.

Spondias tree near Donggala
Spondias tree near Donggala, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Branch of Spondias tree
Branch of Spondias tree collected near Donggala, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Cucurbitaceae specimen collected near Donggala
Cucurbitaceae specimen collected near Donggala. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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