Dragons Blood Tree at Socotra Island, Yemen

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Isolated Socotra, 220 miles from mainland Yemen, is home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. It has a tropical desert and semi-desert climate with an average temperature of 25°C and hardly any rain. The most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra, the evocatively named dragon’s blood tree has a unique and bizarre appearance, its upturned, densely-packed crown having the shape of an upside-down umbrella.

socotra Dragons Blood Tree at Socotra Island, Yemen

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credit: Rod Waddington





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