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St. Eustatius

Since 2008, St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA) has been conducting annual
monitoring of Epidendrum ciliare and Brassavola cucullata (since 2009) in conjunction
with the University of Puerto Rico. These surveys involve hiking into the national parks
and locating tagged plants, counting the number of leaves, taking leaf and flower
measurements, noting whether pollinia have been removed and/or a fruit is forming.
The data is sent to Dr. James Ackerman and Dr. Raymond Tremblay at UPR for further
analysis. This is a long-term project that is likely to continue for at least ten years in
order to obtain a decent set of baseline data. For more information, contact National
Park Ranger/Education Officer: hannah.madden.stenapa@gmail.com

Photo top: Epidendrum ciliare flowers, left; Psychilis correllii