Leaf shape walk in Paies

SC 115 Ethnobotany spring 2014 is night at the improv. The Palikir ethnobotanical learning garden was bulldozed as part of the effort to level ground and landscape north of the entrance road. I had been planning to shift the walk to a southern route to Haruki, but midday I learned that tree cutting was occurring along the southern slope, with the contracted cutting team moving into the cemetery after lunch. The cutting team would be working on taking down the Falcataria moluccana - a hundred footer - and the garden would be far too dangerous. I began by covering leaf parts, arrangements, and shapes on the white board in A101, an atypical start for this particular class. I used no models, just the white board. Then the class headed to the Terminalia catappa and on to the east.

Documenting the new trek route, I spun around to photograph the group headed up the road. The camera shy scattered for the side of the road, the camera hungry headed to the middle of the road. Sandra, Carie-Ann, Jenny, Carlinda, Chelsea, Maylevlynn, Jamie, Merlina. Chelsea returns to us after a hiatus. The new route included some nice leaf shape surprises. Jed's has planted a Casuarina equisetifolia. At the end of the pavement I also found some hastate "Devil's Ivy" - a plant that is invasive and prolific in Kolonia but which I had not seen in Palikir.

Hanae walks up the slot with Dicranopteris linearis on the hill behind her.

A croton with a leaf shape that is a cross between orbicular and oblong.

Oddly enough, the same plant, orbicular leaf.

Sother Junior puzzles over the leaf shape of the monilophyte fern Davillia solida (ulungen kiehl). I noted that ferns are not angiosperms. Rico Joab looks over Sother's shoulder, Senioreen on the right.

Jamie, (Charlotte), LillyJane, Carie-Ann, Spencer up the road.

Charlotte, Nayleen, Jenny posing, LillyJane, Sandra.

The road proved more useful that I had hoped. Paies is a potentially strong alternative to the on campus gardens during this season of transitions. The new location of the ethnobotanical garden has yet to be evaluated - the cutting team dropped the Falcataria moluccana that was there. From a glance some plants may have been hit or partially buried. I will try to get out to look at the area once all of the cutting is done.

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