St. Eustatius, also informally known as "Statia" is an 11.8 square mile (30.6 square km) island with about 3,200 permanent inhabitants located off the coast of St. Maarten (go to map from link in banner). English is the official language of the island but Dutch is also taught in schools and is spoken by many Statians.
In January 2008, The New York Botanical Garden, in partnership with the St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA), the Department of Environment and Nature (MINA) of the Netherlands Antilles, and Conservation International, embarked on a project to survey the plants and lichens of Statia. (See photobook from the expedition.)
Although relatively small in size, Statia's topography is covered by several vegetation types with a variety of soil types, ranging from beach forest at sea level to elfin forest on the summit of The Quill, a dormant volcano, at some 600 m elevation. Our goal is to provide illustrated checklists (a virtual museum) of all of the plants and lichens that grow on Statia. Both native and introduced species are included.
To find collections representing species of flowering plants, gymnosperms, ferns, bryophytes, or lichens, you can access the information available for a given group by clicking on the appropriate image on the left hand side of this page.
It is forbidden to pick plants and to remove plants from the island of Statia. All natural history studies must first be approved by the government of The Netherlands. To find out how to obtain permission to collect herbarium specimens, as was done in this study, contact STENAPA. All photographs are copyrighted by the photographer, Carol Gracie, unless otherwise noted. For permission to use the images, contact the photographers. Citizens of Statia have permission to download images from the website for personal or educational purposes.