Dragon Blood Tree

Dragon Blood Tree


Dragon blood tree looks like a giant mushroom thanks to its single trunk and an umbrella-shaped crown. Its resin is used in a lot of treatments.


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Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra dragon tree, or dragon blood tree, is a unique tree that is one of the most peculiar trees in the world. The tree has a distinctive external shape that makes it look like a huge umbrella, as the leaves grow only at the end of branches and point upwards. It has many branches; it grows by dichotomy, which means that each branch is divided into two until the leaves finally grow on the branches' ends. It produces a lot of green leaves that are renewed every three or four years; they fall and other leaves grow in their place.

What makes this tree stand out among other trees in the world is that it bleeds when it is truncated; the bloody liquid is a type of red resin that has no smell or taste. This resin is of great importance, as it contains an effective substance known as draco, which has multiple medical uses and is part of the pharmaceutical industry to treat some health problems.

This tree produces red honey that is one of the most expensive honey types in the world that has many health benefits; the roots are also used in some treatments including rheumatism. Moreover, the tree's wood is used in some industries, including bee cells industry; as for the leaves, they are used in making rope. We must also not forget its importance as a giant umbrella; many endangered animals live under its shadow to protect them from harmful sun rays.


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