|My aerial introduction to New Guinea included this view of the Markham River.|
The town of Lae, capital of the Morobe Province, sits on the coast near the
mouth of the river.
|A New Guinea Impatiens, growing wild near|
|A wild ginger, in the genus Pleuranthodium,|
growing near Lae.
|Another local tribe dons traditional dress and performs their|
|Bulolo lies in the mountains of Morobe Province, which in|
1971 were still covered in forest.
To BuloloMy first outing in Papua New Guinea was up to the mountain town of Bulolo, not far from Lae by road. It wasn't so much to look for palms, but to tag along with a group of botanists from the Herbarium who had business at the forestry station up there. It is a pleasant little town, and the cooler climate was was a welcome relief from the lowland heat.
|A Nothofagus tree stand out in the|
forest near Bulolo.
|Techomanthe dendrophila, or New Guinea trumpet vine,|
in the Bignoniaceae.
|Rhododendron aurigeranum near Bulolo.|
|A series of stamps commemorating some of the native Rhododendrons was issued by Papua New Guinea.|
|A beautiful Pleuranthodium growing near Bulolo.|
|Massive prop roots emerge to support|
a giant Pandanus tree.
|Karl Karenga, who later became Director of the Division of Botany in Lae, shows off a massive staghorn fern|
(Platycerium sp.) growing at a field station near Bulolo.