Lucknow: Our planet earth is a home to many beautiful, exotic and unique plant species ranging from ‘Venus Flytrap’ to ‘Tropical Pitcher Plants’, ‘Hammer Orchid’, ‘Welwitschia’ and lots more.
One very exceptional species of this kingdom is the ‘Socotra Island dragon blood tree’, also known ‘Dracaena Cinnabari’. What makes this tree unusual is not only its extremely distinctive appearance but the fact that it releases a red sap, or resin, that is known as dragon’s blood.
As history prevails, the first dragon blood tree was believed to be created from the blood of a dragon that was wounded when it fought an elephant. This tree, since then, secretes its blood when it’s injured.
In the early times, the resin of this tree was believed to have magical and medicinal properties. People used it as a pigment for art, a dye, and a medicine. Dragon’s blood is still used for these purposes today.
However, the conservation of such diversifying plants lies in the hands of every individual so that the beauty and biodiversity of our beloved planet earth does not vanish with the passing of time.
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