Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Wowoni Island, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, April 29, 1940

Hard rain last night but the awning has been waterproofed and did not leak. Underneath, was not so good as water on the deck soaked through my mattress and my canvas bag began to get damp towards morning.

Although it was still raining, David wanted to go ashore. Anne, Marian, Hugo, and Fenton went also with Ah Fook to run the small launch. The shore varied between mangrove swamps, volcanic rock, and beaches, with a small collection of native houses at one point.

David soon found a tree from which he wanted seeds. The trunk was smooth and about a foot across.

Hugo went back and got the climbing irons which David and I got in Manila. This was the first time they had have been used and Hugo got up the tree without difficulty. The seeds were found later to have all been shed? by the coverings.

Hugo then went on an all day hike and I went into the forest with David. He was very evidently glad to be collecting again and was very enthusiastic when he found anything. Not much of any importance appeared, however. I was badly bitten by mosquitoes, the result of wearing shorts in the jungle, a bad practice. Later we went up the coast of the island in the launch and David and I explored a mangrove swamp. We also stopped at the collection of native houses and David spoke to some of the natives. We returned just in time for lunch.

Hugo came back at 3 PM with a number of new things including a palm. They delayed starting for an hour while I photographed them. Anne became restive at the delay.

Started at 4:30 for Buru, — quite a long stretch of about 40 hours open water.

Anne told me in the evening that she did not wish me to smoke my pipe in the deck house. Previously she had told Hugo the same thing.

Casuarina tree on Wowoni Island
Casuarina tree on Wowoni Island, southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Casuarina specimen collected on Wowoni Island
Casuarina specimen collected on Wowoni Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Icacinaceae vine with orange fruit clusters
Icacinaceae vine with orange fruit clusters, collected on Wowoni Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Hugo Curran holding a Pinanga specimen collected on Wowoni Island
Pinanga specimen collected on Wowoni Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pinanga specimen collected on Wowoni Island
Pinanga specimen collected on Wowoni Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pinanga specimen collected on Wowoni Island
Pinanga specimen collected on Wowoni Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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