Botany Laboratory Mountain Field Trip

17 November 1998

The following are images from the class field trip. Accompanying the class on this trip was a local botanical specialist. During the walk he identified a number of different plants. He noted a larger than he expected number of noxious alien plants up higher that he expected. The class was led by a local guide to an altitude of roughly 450 meters above sea level. The hike started out from the campus and headed up the nearby mountain. The following are images from that journey.

unk20.jpg (14923 bytes) Giant Pohnpeian Ginger Noxious alien weed
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Pohnpei "Cinnamon" Tree Trunk of the Pohnpei "Cinnamon" Tree Leaves of tree for starting cooking fire.
vfoh01.jpg (16317 bytes) vfoh02.jpg (17784 bytes) Kup en Palau

Students climbing the mountain access road

Trip notes

Notes were made on a rainy day while moving on the trail. Identifications, spellings, and associations are highly tentative or completely wrong. Identifications were made in Pohnpeian with some latin binomials. Many of the grasses of Paes, Palikir were planted as horse feed. Along the road suckers off of Acacia auriculiformis were noted. Acacia auriculiformis is an introduced species and is considered noxious. Pohnpei has lost 2/3 of its old growth forest over the last 20 years. Some of the trees and plants passed along the way include kahl, tong (Capnosperma brevifolilio), ais (Comersonia), (Paranari lirina), banyan (Ficus cardinensis), Clinostigma ponapensis, ioul (peltate leaved vine), karara (nutmeg relative), kalach (local building material), ahk (Americarum carolensis), Mimosa invisa (flowers in axil), giant ginger (indigenous to Pohnpei), pumpum (Passiflora edulis), Costus serracea, Barringtonia, kup en Palau.

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