Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
JANUARY 1940
 
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MARCH 1940
 
 
 
 
 
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APRIL 1940
 
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APR 1940
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Aboard the Cheng Ho south of Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, April 26, 1940

Arbor at Bogor (Buitenzorg) Botanical Garden
Arbor at Bogor (Buitenzorg) Botanical Garden, West Java, Indonesia. Photographed on April 9, 1940 by David Fairchild
Vine pergola at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Vine pergola at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, modeled after the arbor at Bogor. Photographed in 2010 by Carl Lewis.
Slept on deck. Weather was fine but considerable motion at one time and some spray came over. I spent the morning straightening things out and correlated all my films to date with the seeds shipped to Florida for both color and black and white. It will be possible now to ask for any picture through a number for any of the specimens collected. This arrangement will make it easy for those at the Fairchild Garden in Florida to get a picture of the actual plant or tree of which they have the seed. David and Hugo have, of course, very complete descriptions but they do not take the place of a photograph and especially one in color.

In the evening I read some of my diary of the trip to Anne, Marian and David. Anne and David went to sleep but I think they both found it interesting and I know that Marian did.

David told me about the plan of operation to be followed in the Moluccas. Since he has been to the Buitenzorg Botanical Gardens, near Batavia, in which there is an extremely fine and complete collection of the flora of the Dutch East Indies, and talked with those in charge, he has decided to broaden the plan for collecting to all kinds of botanical specimens, instead of specializing on palms and flora that might grow in Florida. This will mean collecting and pressing a very large number of botanical specimens.

Anne had an idea which may develop after the Moluccas. This was to cruise later among the islands east of New Guinea, such as the Caroline and Solomon Islands. This would make a very important extension of the original plan and would carry us from one end of the South Seas to the other.

 

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