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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:09 pm

The Socotra Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia, is home to the Dragon Blood tree. It is unusual for a number of reasons. Its trunk is bare and branches only at the top, ending in sharp spiky leaves.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:10 pm

This unusual appearance is due to the Dragon Blood tree belonging to the monocotyledons, the same group of plants as grasses, rather than dicotyledons, which are more common amongst trees.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:12 pm

As well as an unusual exterior, the trees also reveal an unusual interior; once pierced bright red sap oozes out. The crimson sap, called Dragon Blood, is dried and then used as a medicine or a dye.

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