Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAY 1940
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Pajahi, Halmahera, Indonesia

Written by on Monday, May 27, 1940

David, Anne, Hugo and I went ashore, engaged some natives and went inland on a trail for about a mile. David was looking for Pigafettas, while Anne and Hugo collected butterflies most of the morning. I spent most of the time with David and we found some very remarkable and imposing groups of Pigafettas, finer than we had seen anywhere alse in the Dutch East Indies. We did them justice photographically, taking in all a great many pictures. The main difficulty was in getting far enough away to get them in as the growth in their vicinity was unusually thick and wet. This extraordinarily beautiful palm was finer here at sea level than any we had found in the mountains of Minahasa, Celebes. David had hopes of introducing this palm in Florida, and in beauty it would certainly rival the Royal Palm.

Anne and Hugo meanwhile collected about 50 butterflies with a net and cyanide jar. I could not get up much interest in it or making a collection with no further object than a varied assortment of beautiful dead objects, and the same thing applies to collections of shells, of which Marian and Anne have amassed an enormous number of all sizes.

Late in the afternoon Anne, Marian, David and I went up one of the several rivers in the small launch. It was mostly mangrove althought the forest was varied. David did not like the forest, thought it was grim, and said it had a depressing effect on him.

Hugo thinks there is more of interest here than in Bacan, but it did not seem to me that we investigated enough of Bacan to form an opinion.

News came off the radio of successful German advances which resulted in the capture of Calais and Boulogne.

Pigafetta palms at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera
Pigafetta palms at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pigafetta palms at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera
Pigafetta palms at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pigafetta palms at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera
Pigafetta palms at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Pigafetta at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera
Pigafetta at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Workers in a grove of Pigafetta palms, Pajahi Bay, Halmahera
Workers in a grove of Pigafetta palms, Pajahi Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Worker chopping Pigafettas at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera
Worker chopping Pigafettas at Pajahi Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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