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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, April 13, 1940

Started at 7 AM in a rented car (rate .11 per km) for an all day trip around the 9000 ft mountain Lompobatang near here. This whole section is quite civilized and has good roads. We found a specimen of interest and I made the first pictures with my new Rolleiflex. Reached Tenete at 11 where Hugo went on a hike and I waited at a very nice pasang granau (rate 4.50 per day).
Hugo Curran collecting a specimen of Dracaena
Hugo Curran collecting a specimen of Dracaena. April 13, 1940, on the road south of Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Dracaena specimen
Dracaena specimen collected along the road south of Makassar on April 13, 1940. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Dracaena specimen at Fairchild
Dracaena propagated from the specimen collected by Hugo Curran on April 13, 1940. Photographed at Fairchild on April 13, 2010 by Carl Lewis.
Hugo thought the 3 sores on my legs were developing into tropical ulcers. He seemed quite certain of it this morning. They look red and a lot of pus came out. His opinion varied so I did not take it very seriously.

Soon after lunch, which we brought along, we started back on another road which crossed the high mountain range. The road was grass grown and apparently little used. It was very winding and went a very long distance among mountains before reaching its highest altitude which must have been at least 5000 ft. We passed some remarkable rice terraces which were in some ways equal to these at Bontoc although not constructed on as steep hillsides. As we reached the highest point we both sat on the backs of the seats of the open car. It was an uncomfortably cold place to ride but the scenery made up for everything. Unfortunately it was after dark and I regretted that we had not made the trip starting in the other direction. The drop down to sea level took a long time. The road passed through Malino, a sort of resort town. Arrived at the hotel at 8:30 having covered 360 kilometers, — cost about 40 guilders. Botanically the trip was disappointing, as the palm which Hugo was after proved to be the same or a close relative to the one in the Philippines.

We found the answer to our telegram to David had been received at about 3 P.M. It was from Surabaya and said “Cable delayed. Authorize expedition. Coming Makassar about twenty first – Fairchild.”

Hugo wanted to make plans at once for the trip but I said I must look over my finances first and see if they would carry us through.

I saw in the mountains today some of the great fruit eating bats in slow flight, also a wild hog. They were both near to the highest altitude reached.

Fruit bats of Indonesia
Fruit bats (flying foxes). Photographed in Indonesia in 2008 by fra_avo..

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