|A Kukukuku village, isolated on a mountain ridge top in the|
|Aseki is located among spectacular limestone mountains.|
|Two gentlemen from Aseki, the one|
on the right in full traditional dress.
Both have a mouthful of betel nut.
|A young woman with her child|
watches the strange activities of
the pale-skinned botanists from
|A recently deceased member of the|
tribe sits in his airy coffin.
Plant collecting in the area was successful for my colleagues from the Forestry Herbarium in Lae, Heinar Streimann and Peter Stevens. Heinar would later move to Canberra, Australia, serving as the chief bryologist at the herbarium of the National Botanic Garden. Peter had an illustrious career as a botanist at Harvard and later at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he currently manages the successful Angiosperm Phylogeny Website, containing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the classification of flowering plants (http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/APweb/welcome.html).
|Heinar Streimann (in back) and Peter Stevens press plant|
specimens collected in the Aseki area.
|Ptychococcus lepidotus growing in the|
mountain forest. it can be found at
altitudes up to 3000 meters.