Flora & Fauna

St Eustatius is a tropical island paradise with its own unique natural history, its own special ecosystems and habitats teeming with rare and exotic life. The Dutch Caribbean is home to more than 35 globally endangered or vulnerable species (according to IUCN’s red list), including trees, snakes, sea turtles, birds, whales and fish.

Amongst their natural wonders the islands count not only coral reefs but also seagrass beds, rain forests, cactus and woodlands. Without a shadow of a doubt the Dutch Caribbean constitutes the biodiversity hotspot within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Statia Morning Glory

In addition to the eighteen species of herbaceous vines, which give St. Eustatius its color, the Statia Morning Glory is the most beautiful. This extremely rare plant grows nowhere else in the world. It was long thought that the Ipomoea Sphenophylla Urban was extinct. Since its rediscovery, the Morning Glory has become a symbol of the island.

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Photo: Hannah Madden

Colossal kapok

The most eye-catching tree on Statia is the kapok. The tens of feet high tropical tree – with its trunk sometimes measuring feet in diameter – rests on an impressive network of roots. Part of them stick out above the ground.

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