Ethnogarden clean-up

The students did a term end cleaning of the Palikir ethnobotanical garden. The class period also included review for the final examination.

The students move out across the campus, machetes in hand.

Above, Nayleen and Beautrina at work in the central area of the ethnogarden.

Beautrina, Nayleen, Alwihter, and Kristina.

Alwihter, apparently pausing to look around. Some of the plants in the garden include:
  • Areca catechu
  • Asplenium nidus
  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Campnosperma brevipetiolata
  • Citrus aurantifolia
  • Clerodendrum inerme
  • Cocos nucifera
  • Cyrtosperma chamissionis
  • Gardenia jasminoides [G. augusta]
  • Hibiscus tiliaceus
  • Ixora casei
  • Macaranga carolenensis
  • Melastoma malabathicum var. marianum
  • Microsorum scolopendria
  • Morinda citrifolia
  • Musa spp.
  • Piper ponapense
  • Premna obtusifolia
  • Saccharum offinarum
  • Scaevola taccada
  • Senna alata
Many of the plants are listed in an on line herbarium.

JayKay strikes a pose. The photos were taken by students, many of the original 57 photos are similarly posed shots. Lots of style, not always a lot of work.

No, I am not making an offering. I had just thrown a branch of Hibiscus tiliaceus, the branch can just be made out airborne to the right of me in the image. The branch is roughly vertical, dark gray, and blurred.

Gendalin works with a grass hook.

Sylvana works around the soft taro planted by Yapese students December 2007. In 2008 the plants died back and effectively went dormant. Since then the plants have only put forth weak shoots as seen above.

A mehnwai loose with a machete, lost in the tall grass. Actually, around me are the rather pathetic remnants of an attempt to grow a variety of bananas. The bananas were planted in December 2008, unfortunately of about a dozen varieties, only four have survived.


Girlynn and Aaron with Senna alata (formerly Cassia alata)


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