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Dragon's Blood tree

Dragon's Blood tree

Socotra

So named because of the red resin that was highly prized as a dye, this tree has become the emblem of Socotra. Huge stands of them are found on the Fermhin and Diksam plateaus in the centre of the island. The trees do not propagate easily and their odd shapes are not in fact wood but a fibrous matter rather like a palm. Today the resin is still used to dye the local pottery and in local cosmetics.

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