Caribbean Tourism

St Eustatias - Morning Glory

In 1884, a Dutch botanist, Willem Suringar, visited Statia, and collected a morning glory in fruit on Signal Hill which was described as new to science. Named Ipomoea sphenophylla (wedge shaped leafed Ipomoea), it was not found by subsequent visiting botanists so the species was put first on the endangered list and then declared extinct.


However, in 1994, a vine in the tree tops was found by Edwin Gawlik on the property of Statia Terminals which is believed to be the same pink-flowered morning glory. The area has been closed off and the plant will be protected. The same habitat is also home to a rare iguana and several orchids.

Specimens of the plant are being studied in the USA, where it has been noted that the flowers are unusual in having many with free petals, a character not known in Ipomoea, while the insects that have been seen to visit and pollinate the flowers on Statia are not those usually associated with tubular flowers.


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St Eustatias Tourist Information

Local Tourist Offices The St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation, Fort Oranjestraat, Mon-Fri 0800-1700, T/F82433, www.statiatourism....

Oranjestad

Oranjestad is the capital of St Eustatias, situated on a cliff overlooking the long beach below and divided between Upper Town and Lower...

Before Travelling in St Eustatias

Climate Average temperature is around 27°C in the daytime and 23°C at night. Average rainfall is 45 inches a year. Average water...

Getting There

Air Winair has several daily 20-min flights from St Maarten (US$80 return) connecting with flights from the USA, Europe and other islands....

Getting Around

Land Car: There is no public transport on the island but cars and taxis can be hired. Driving is on the right, but some roads are so narrow...

St Eustatias Communication Service

Telephone Services Fax and cablegrams at Landsradio, Van Tonningenweg. Open Mon-Fri, 0730-1930, Sat, Sun 1200-1800, pay phone on the wall...

Entertainment

Statians like partying and every weekend something is always going on. Quite often you will hear a ‘road block’ from far away: cars stopped...