a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
Elaeis guineensis, 'African Oil Palm'. Taken from tropical African forests and swamps, and planted throughout tropics of the world for it's oil.
Ensete ventricosum, 'False (African) Banana', (Ruboni Camp, Uganda).
'Mistletoe' (Rwenzori, Uganda).
Kigelia 'Sausage Tree' (Rwenzori, Uganda).
This genus contains only one species.
Spathodea campanulata, 'African Tulip Oak' (Rwenzori, Uganda). Neither an oak nor obviously a tulip. Large red flowers. Found in west, central and east Africa. This species had been introduced widely throughout the other tropics of the world, but is often considered a major weed.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".