Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
APRIL 1940
 
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JUL 1940
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Forestry College at Los Baños, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, July 22, 1940

We started at about 8 in two trucks for the east coast of Luzon to see a forest and also a Giant Aroid. Mr. Curran Sr., David, Marian, Seulet, de la Cruz and several helpers compound the party, the idea being to bring back some of the Giant Aroid for planting into the Experimental Nursery. It was a full days trip through quite interesting country.

I sat on the front set with Marian and the driver. We passed a rice field where one native was playing a guitar for the benefit of the workers. This seems to be quite customary.

We stopped for lunch at a swimming hole which was reached through a forest which interested David so much that I had to make five time exposures of the Depterocarpus tree. The swimming hole was a spot lately discovered by Tamesis at the junction of two large brooks. It was a very beautiful spot.

The Giant Aroid, almost on the beach of the eastern coast was almost beyond belief in the size of the leaves and blossoms. One blossom had two frogs in it, and there was room for many more.

I told Marian something about my experiences at the Bay View with Ted. She told me not to tell David about it as he would not think it was funny.

On returning we were landed at the Forestry Club House where a party was going on. We were tired and not very anxious to appear at it, but it was the only thing to do. We had dinner at the Currans later.

Pinanga maculata, photographed along road from Los Baños to Infanta, Luzon
Pinanga maculata, photographed along road from Los Baños to Infanta, Luzon. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Mayapis (Shorea palosapis; Dipterocarpaceae), Luzon, Philippines
Mayapis (Shorea palosapis; Dipterocarpaceae), Luzon, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Cyrtosperma merkusii, on the coast at Infanta, Luzon
Cyrtosperma merkusii, on the coast at Infanta, Luzon. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 
Hugh Curran with Cyrtosperma merkusii
Hugh Curran with Cyrtosperma merkusii. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Leaf and inflorescence of Cyrtosperma merkusii
Leaf and inflorescence of Cyrtosperma merkusii. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Cyrtosperma merkusii inflorescence
Cyrtosperma merkusii inflorescence. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
 

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