Dragon Blood Tree

Internet Goes Crazy As Dragon Blood Tree Bleeds When Cut!


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Dragon Blood Tree

There are some trees that are very distinct and unique. Dragon Blood Tree is one of them. It is Scientifically known as Dracaena cinnabari, the tree is native to a single island in the Socotra Archipelago, off the coast of Yemen in the Arabian Sea.

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Dragon Blood Tree

What Makes Dragon Blood Tree unique?

What makes Dargon Blood Tree unique in this Dragon Blood Tree is the fact that it contains a red gum that gives the impression that it cries tears of blood. 

The gum called dragon’s blood has a range of uses – from medicine to lipstick, and even as a varnish for violins. Referred to by the ancients as ‘cinnabar’

This Tree grows 18 meters tall and 6 meters wide and it can live up to 650 years.

The most distinctive feature of the tree is that it releases a red sap, or resin, that is known as dragon blood. If you cut into this tree, the red resin will seep out, giving an impression of bleeding.

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Dragon blood tree berries are heavily valued, particularly as food for livestock. Even just a few berries improve the health of cows and goats. However, an excess can cause illness, resulting in rationing. 

Despite all this, the future of the species is threatened. Habitat fragmentation and livestock grazing have reduced the tree to just a fraction of its native range. In some areas, young trees lack the species’ characteristic umbrella shape.

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Dragon Blood Tree

The most significant problem is climate change. Socotra archipelago, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008, is drying out. Its once-reliable monsoon weather is becoming irregular.

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Dragon Blood Tree

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