Ethnogardening and a visit to a trench

As the ethnobotany class prepares for the final examination walk and ethnobotanically identify plants, the class cleaned up one of the ethnogardens on campus and then visited a trench.

LynnJella cleans around the Senna alata, arakak in Chuukese. The plants are an integral part of the course. The plants are in some sense the living text book.

 Siorine also working around the Senna alata, tuhke en kilin wai in Pohnpeian.



All photographs were by Lienna, Mary-Ann is artistically eclipsed by a Senna alata branch


Dannia and April make notes

That would be the instructor cleaning up around a Myristica fragrans seedling (unseen in image).

April strikes a pose behind the Cymbopogon citratus (reh pwo mwahu).


Joyleen David next to the Gardenia jasminoides (iosep).

Genrisa next to the Saccharum spontaneum, wild sugar cane.

By four the garden was clean and given that Naoya is Japanese and that Sasha, April, and Tremay all have Japanese in their family trees, with Sasha having just returned from a trip to Japan, I opted to take the class down to a trench on a spur of the hill. The trench is collapsing, I am pictured standing down in the trench. At one time the trench was probably actually a two entrance cave.

Surrounded by a sea of paddle grass - Ischaemum polystachyum.



Jon Jovi, Genrisa, Joyleen, Sasha

Siorine, Dannia, Tremay

Heading back up hill

Raydeen coming up over a large fallen tree under the grass on the upslope, Natasha waiting to climb up.

Video by Lienna of the students coming up from the trench.


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