Note from Phil Mueller


Aroiders,
Received an email note from Phil tonight.  Those of you who know Phil 
know what he is up to, but for those of you who do not, he is on a US 
naval vessel out in the Pacific. He asks about contacts in Indonesia. If 
anyone has answers feel free to email Phil. If you do not have his 
address you may send any responses to me and I'll forward them. We don't 
want to publicly announce his email address, but if anyone wishes to know 
it please  email me. Oh yes, I've already advised him that any bus ride 
from Singapore to Indonesia will be quite wet! To Jahor in Malaysia - no 
problem...

 Don


Don Burns   Plantation, FL USA   Zone 10b

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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 15:41:02 +0000
To: burns@mobot.org
Subject: E-Mail From<PRM>

>Don,
>Sorry I didn't have a chance to call you while I was at home, but I 
>just had a few days and had a lot to do to get ready for the next 
>trip. Flew to San Diego and from there to Hawaii and got the ship. We 
>sailed into Guam today for just a few hours, but I did have a chance 
>to ride around a little. Saw no brown tree snakes (Guan is supposed 
>to be over-run with them. Did see a lot of Breadfruit trees. They 
>sure are beautiful. I guess Guam has been spared the deadly yellowing 
>virus. I saw no sickly or dead coconuts. Really wish I could have got 
>into the countryside. The only aroid I was able to spot was what 
>looked like small Alocasia macrorhysa (sp?) They were just over a 
>meter high and the leaves were rigidly upright. There was also a very 
>distinct Plumeria. They had very shiny, dark green, stiff leaves and 
>white flowers. There were others that looked more like the ones I 
>remember in the states.
>I've made contact with Shing Lam in Hong Kong and hope he will be 
>free to go on a short field trip or two. He said that it was probably 
>too early for tuberous aroids, but I'm sure there are a lot of 
>interesting plants to see..
>Also received a note from Julius. Will probably send a report on Hong 
>Kong to aroid-l. After Hong Kong we will hit Singapore. There should 
>be buses to both Malaysia and Indonesia. Does anybody on aroid-l know 
>a contact in this area.
>We will also visit Male in the Maldives. We are the only ship 
>scheduled for there....All the others are going to Phuket, 
>Thailand!!!! I think that's where Tim started his very successful 
>collecting trip. Ah, well! Maybe the next trip.
>That's about all for now. If anyone would like to contact me, I'll be 
>at this address until the middle of April: ddg62is@nosc.mil
>Use the subject: <PRM>
>They have a program on the ship that will download this directly into 
>my account.
>Hope to hear from you and perhaps some of the other aroiders.
>Phil
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