Botanic Garden Field Trip fall 21 September 2006

At the Syzygium aromaticum (clove) trees
092142pbg (71K) Franz Henry, Ruthann

Reema, Cassandra, Hellen, Katherine
Reema, Cassandra, Hellen, Katherine Harry

Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk island pine). These trees were previously thought to be Araucaria columnaris (Cook island pine), but a 1997 flora [.odt] by David Lorence and Diane Ragone indicates these are A. heterophylla. What distinguishes the two species is unknown to this author. The trees are all male trees. The 1997 identification jibes with an oral reference to the trees by Jimmy Hyane as being Norfolk island pines.
Araucaria heterophylla equalized and color enhanced to counter bright sky effect Araucaria heterophylla

The front of the garden includes Cassia fistula, the golden shower tree. This introduction is in the same genus as the native medicinal Cassia alata.
Cassia fistula

Myristica fragrans tree behind the class
Myristica fragrans tree behind the class Myristica fragrans

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)fruit
Nutmeg fruit

Coffee (Coffea arabica) berries
Coffee berries

Japanese agriculture station in the Pohnpei Botanic Garden
Japanese agriculture station in the Pohnpei Botanic Garden

Averrhoa carambola (star fruit tree, ansu)
Averrhoa carambola Averrhoa carambola Averrhoa carambola

Grove that includes Pimenta dioica (allspice) trees. More photos were taken during the spring 2005 term.
Pimenta dioica

Students on the move
Qulihter Marcyleen

Agathis robusta (kauri pine)
Agathis robusta (kauri

Garcinia mangostana (mangosteen)
Garcinia mangostana

Ravenala madagascarensis (traveler's palm or east-west palm but not on Pohnpei!)
Ravenala madagascarensis

The 1997 flora [.odt] was not previously available to this author. This flora identifies large Terminalia trees towards the road from the coffee as Terminalia species. These trees had just dropped their fruit, a large purple fruit. The trees appear to be Terminalia carolenensis, known on Kosrae as ka. The leaves are smaller while the fruit and nut are larger. The flavor and flaky layers of the nut are indistinguishable from that of the more prevalent Terminalia cattapa, the nut differs only in being significantly larger.
Terminalia carolenensis, ka Terminalia carolenensis Terminalia carolenensis trees Terminalia carolenensis trees Terminalia carolenensis fruit and nut Terminalia carolenensis with nut detail enhanced

The flora [.odt also indicates that some of the trees near the above Terminalia are Cinnamomum verum. As these are in the same area as those thought to be Cinnamomum carolinense, this author is unsure whether the trees are all C. carolinense, C. verum, or a mix of the two.
Cinnamomum Cinnamomum Cinnamomum