Socotra island is a very rich place in plants life. With a total of 835 plant species, 308 arr endemic.
The islands have a diverse geology and climate that varies between areas.Because of such high diversity and endemism in plants, the islands have been declared a WWF Global 200 Ecoregion, a plant life International Center of plant Diversity. These are added to designation of UNESCO world Heritage site and UNESCO Man Biosphere Reserve.
There are many endemic species that are famous and remarkable both to botanists and keen amateurs a like. The Dragon’s blood trees (Dracaena Cinnabari) is named after the blood-red sap that exudes from the trunk when cut. This has been used traditionally as a medicine and cosmetic. The tress are slow-growing and long-lived(possibly a few hundred years) and in maturity the crowns have an upside-down umbrella shape.