Archive for 'Asparagaceae'

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

A forest of dragon blood trees can only be found on Socotra, as this species exists nowhere else! Firhmin Forest is a spectacular sight and the dragon blood tree is just one of so many species that exist only on this island. Although Firhmin appears like a healthy forest, you quickly notice there is no […]

Firhmin Forest, Socotra

Firhmin Forest, Socotra

A forest of dragon blood trees (Dracaena cinnabari) can only be found on Socotra, as this species exists nowhere else! Although Firhmin appears like a healthy forest, you quickly notice there is no regeneration. Under each of these trees there should be a number of seedlings from many species of plants growing in the shade […]

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

The unmistakable silhouette of the most famous of all plant species on Socotra. I stayed here for two nights, and what an amazing place – a forest of dragon blood trees! It’s like being in Jurassic park without the dinosaurs!

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

Socotra’s most iconic plant and not found anywhere else in the world. The densest populations of the dragon blood tree is found in the higher elevations of the Haghier (Hageher or Hajhir) mountains and the surrounding limestone plateaus. They face challenges on several fronts. Change in climate resulting in unstable amount of mist and rain […]

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) UV

Visiting Socotra is like going back to another time and even to another planet entirely. When visiting the only dragonblood tree forest on the island, you are surrounded by trees so unlike anything alive on Earth today, that you simply cannot wonder if you’ve gone back to prehistoric times. To emphasize the weirdness of the […]