Dragon's Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

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Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
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Location: Dragon's Blood Tree, Socotra IslandPhoto courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: endemic to the Island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Madeira & Cape Verde,Date: 2009-07-28Photo courtesy of: Alex E. Proimos
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Date: 2015-02-27Photo courtesy of: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz
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Location: Socotra IslandPhoto courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: Socotra Island, 5000 y.oldPhoto courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: Dragon's Blood Tree, Socotra IslandDate: 2013-08-24Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Apr 16, 2017 9:43 PM

Exotic Socotran endemic, related to the Canary Island dragon tree D. draco (which is orders of magnitude more common in cultivation). It is hard to distinguish young plants of the two species. Grows fabulous wide canopies with advanced age. Enjoys extreme exposure. Drought tolerant. Experiences regular fog in habitat.

One of a few trees that make a red resin called dragon's blood, which has been collected by humans for millennia. This species makes the "true" dragon's blood used by the Romans, and traded along with resins from Boswellia and Commiphora (aka frankincense and myrrh).

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