[Mihalic] Plants of Madang
THSlone at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 20 16:40:58 EST 2007
I recently obtained a copy of the book, Useful Plants of Salemben
Village, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea by Amova Petir, Dum
Materem, Pakong Yapong, Sakel Mukarek, Moyang Okira and Tim
Platts-Mills (Christensen Research Institute, 1996). There are a few
TP terms in there that I haven't seen elsewhere. Any comments on how
widespread these are?
Kuranga (p. 32): "fish tail palm" (Caryota rumphiana)
Tumbuna brus (p. 39): a leaf that was traditionally smoked like
tobacco; it is no longer used (Erigeron sumatrensis). I suspect there
may have been other plants used as tobacco that may be referred to
locally as "tumbuna brus"; anyone know any?
Klarased (p. 40): an introduced tree that is used to provide shade,
improve soils and make fences (Gliricidia sepium). Unclear what the
etymology is here.
Pawpaw diwai (p. 50): large tree with edible fruits; seeds are used
for decoration and to make a rattle (Pouteria macklayana)
Skin diwai (p. 66): A tree in the cinnamon genus (Cinamomum
culillawan), the bark is used medicinally (hence the name) and the
wood is valuable source of timber.
Wel galip (p. 67): The authors identify this as an unknown but
different species of Canarium, "The nut is smaller than that from the
Galip Trees (Canarium indicum) that are abundant on Karkar Island."
This addresses the query for theg galip entry. It has an edible nut
and the tree is used for timber.
Wel kapok (p. 85): Used for timing the creation and planting of new
gardens (Bombax ceiba).
Limbum (p. 94): A different species of palm (Gulubia costata) than is
identified in Mihalic (Kentiopsis archontophoenix) that is also used
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