Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus) with bark snails

Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus) with bark snails

You can find these dormant (aestivating) land snails (Achatinelloides) sporadically throughout Socotra, but find them…


Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)

Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)

A very young Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus) that has survived the insatiable appetite of the goats -…


Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

This is the only place I've encountered Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) on Socotra. It thrives here in the shadow of the…


Cucumis prophetarum

Cucumis prophetarum

The entirety of this cucumber plant is really fascinating, and I’ve never seen it before. This is likely Cucumis…


Cucumis prophetarum

Cucumis prophetarum

The entirety of this cucumber plant is really fascinating, and I've never seen it before, nor do I know if it's an…


Cucumis prophetarum

Cucumis prophetarum

I don't know the color of the ripe fruit, but this one was swollen and seemed to be nearing it's final stages for seed…


Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)

Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)

Socotra cucumber tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus) is less famous than the desert rose or bottle tree, but equally amazing…


Cucumis prophetarum

Cucumis prophetarum

On the steep cliffs of west Socotra on the way to Shuab beach I found many interesting plants and some untouched by…


Cucumis prophetarum 2 UV

Cucumis prophetarum UV

Cucumis prophetarum is very interesting in UV light, as in visible it is all brightly colored! This is possibly…


Cucumis prophetarum 2

Cucumis prophetarum

On the steep cliffs of west Socotra on the way to Shuab beach I found many interesting plants and some untouched by…


Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)

Socotra Cucumber Tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)

A Socotra cucumber tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus)! Yet another strange plant found only on Socotra. This was the only…