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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The Socotra famous dragon blood tree.

On the Socotra Dixam plateau, the dragon blood tree forms a shaded vault. The "Draceana cinnabari", also known as the dragon blood tree is a vestige of a prehistoric flora that vanished on the African continent. It is famous for its blood-red sap, used in dyeing, in cosmetics, or as a medicinal remedy. This tree and others such as myrrh and frankincense trees have made Socotra famous since Antiquity.

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Date Taken: 02.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Dixam plateau, Yemen
Copyright: © Guillaume Petermann