Dragon’s-Blood Tree

Dracaena cinnabari, or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen, located in the Arabian Sea.

The crown of the dragon blood tree often looks like an umbrella that has been, turned inside out.

The fact that the branches are bare except at their tips adds to this illusion.

The long and stiff leaves are born in bunches at the ends of the branches. Some trees have more rounded crowns than others.


Dracaena cinnabari, have a rippled appearance, which develops in a very regular pattern known as dichotomous branching.

In this process, each branch produces two new branches arising from the same point.

The process repeats to create the base of the tree’s crown.

So like the leaves, the flowers are, borne at the tips of the branches.

The flowers are small and greenish-white in colour. They are, located in groups known as inflorescences.

The fertilised flowers produce green berries they change to black as they ripen and then to orange when they are fully ripe.

According to media resources, the resin from the dragon blood tree has been used by humans since ancient times.

Today people use the resin, as a paint, dye, cosmetic, varnish for items such as furniture and violin and also incense.