The mature specimens are gorgeous trees that provide shade from the scorching sun, as the dense crown has no leaves to shed. The tree bleeds a white substance when cut.

As with many other endemic species on Socotra, this one survives the hardest of droughts, and even blossoms in the dry season. I visited during the end of the wet season, so I did not encounter any in bloom.


  • Aperture: ƒ/18
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/640 s