Admire the unique dragon’s blood tree in the Socotra Islands, Yemen

The dragon’s blood tree is considered a symbol of the Socotra Islands. The lifespan of the tree can be up to hundreds of years, but this species is in danger of disappearing forever.

Admire the unique dragon’s blood tree in the Socotra Islands, Yemen

Socotra (also known as Soqotra) is one of the four major archipelagos of the Indian Ocean. The Socotra Islands include the islands: Socotra, Abd al Kuri, Samhah and Darsa, with a total area of ​​about 3,800 square kilometers, belonging to the Republic of Yemen (Southwest Asia).

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Photo: The physician / Getty

Socotra Island has incredible biodiversity. This island was recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage in 2008 because there are more than 700 endemic species of flora and fauna.

Photo: Daniel Kordan
Photo: Daniel Kordan

Notably, the dragon blood tree with its blood-red sap. When the plants are young, they have only one stem. As the trees mature, they branch and develop a canopy shaped like a rain umbrella.

Photo: Daniel Kordan
Photo: Daniel Kordan

According to legend, the first dragon’s blood tree was born from the blood of a dragon injured while fighting an elephant. Since then, the sap of this plant has been red like blood and given the name “dragon’s blood tree”.

The dragon’s blood tree is considered a symbol of the Socotra Islands. The lifespan of the tree can be up to hundreds of years, but this species is in danger of disappearing forever. Because, Socotra is increasingly drier, with erratic and less seasonal rains due to climate change. Scientists predict that by 2080, 45% of the ideal habitat of the dragon’s blood tree could be lost

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