Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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APR 1940
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Masamba to Makale, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, April 19, 1940

Hugo and I went to the market before breakfast. It was disappointing although I did buy three more sarongs. After breakfast we went to say good bye to the Controlleur and his wife. They had a young Maleo bird in a cage, also a small cuscus, which I photographed.

On the way out I stopped and photographed a Livistona [Pholidocarpus] palm. We laid in some supplies at Palopo and then went on to Makale, taking lunch at a high point in the mountains. We also stopped to see the market at Rantepao. It was large but not particularly interesting.

At about 3000 ft. elevation Hugo found a very beautiful salmon colored azalia like flower, which I photographed in color and black and white. A very sweet smelling white flower on a tree was the next discovery, somewhat disappointing because Hugo found that all of the large fruits had been partially destroyed by some bat or bird.

We reached Makale at about 5 after going through a heavy rain storm.

I made preparations for developing tomorrow but found that the water was extremely hard, which was to be expected in a limestone country. It rained, however, in the evening and I collected enough rain water to mix up some developer.

Hugo just told me he had collected 65 specimens, from all of which he had obtained seeds, since leaving the boat.

Daughter of Controlleur Maurenbrecher with pet cuscus
Daughter of Controlleur Maurenbrecher with pet cuscus (Australasian possum). Masamba, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Hugo Curran with a Pholidocarpus palm
Hugo Curran with a Pholidocarpus palm. Photographed in Masamba, Sulawesi by Edward Beckwith.
Hugo Curran holding a Pholidocarpus leaf
Hugo Curran holding a Pholidocarpus leaf. Photographed in Masamba, Sulawesi by Edward Beckwith.
Rhododendron (Vireya group) along road from Masamba to Makale
Rhododendron (Vireya group) at about 3,000 ft. elevation on road from Masamba to Makale. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Voacanga collected along road from Masamba to Makale
Voacanga collected along road from Masamba to Makale. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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