Dragon's Blood Tree Socotra Island, Yemen. | UTAOT
The Dragon blood tree is arguably the most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra. It has a unique and strange appearance, described as "upturned, densely -packed crown having the shape of an upside-down umbrella". This evergreen species is named after its dark red resin, that is known as "dragon's blood".
Socotra Island: Exploring the Land of the Dragon's Blood Tree
There are few places left on earth where aeons past feel so alive. One such spot is the island of Socotra, part of the Republic of Yemen—though 250 miles away in the Arabian Sea. Herodotus wrote of it, as did Marco Polo, and the frankincense that burned in the temples of ancient Greece and Egypt was harvested here. Andrew Cockburn takes a trip back in time to the home of the Dragon's Blood Tree.