Photo by @paolowoods - A dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) seen from underneath in the nature reserve of Homhil in the mountains of Socotra. The dragon’s blood tree is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree that is only found in Socotra. Its red sap was the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye.
Socotra is a small island in the Indian Ocean that is part of Yemen. It is far from the main land (about 350 Km) and that has contributed to its historic and biological isolation over the years resulting in an amazing endemic fauna and flora. Surveys have revealed that more than a third of the 800 or so plant species of Socotra are found nowhere else.
It has been till recently a Yemeni military base, were access was very restricted, and this has contributed to preserve it from any kind of mass tourism. But the immense beauty of the mountainous landscape, the stunning variety of the underwater life, the pristine beaches and uniqueness of its flora are making it a sought-after ecotourism destination. #socotra#yemen#homhil#dragonbloodtree#ocean#tree