Nobre de dracena cinnabri

Nobre de dracena cinnabri

Spanish dracaena

The vegetable nature always surprises us. In the case of arboreal plants, there is one in particular that has a very peculiar name: dragon’s blood tree, and it has a resin that, curiously, is red. Incredible, isn’t it?
The Socotra dragon tree, as it is also called, is a plant increasingly in demand in gardens, but unfortunately in habitat it is starting to have a hard time. Not because of resin extraction, but because of an increasingly dry climate. These plants can withstand long periods of drought, but they cannot live without water forever.
If you want to be able to enjoy the Dragon’s Blood Tree in your particular green corner, you should know that you have to place it in an area where it gets direct sunlight, in a well-drained soil. If you prefer, in fact, it is the most advisable if in your area there is frost, plant it in a pot with a very porous substrate (perlite and vermiculite in equal parts, for example). Watering should be weekly, except in winter, when it should be watered once every 10-15 days.

Dracaena tamaranae

Dracaena cinnabari is a dragon tree, or «dragon tree», native to the Socotra archipelago. It is also referred to as dragon’s blood tree and dragon tree of Socotra. It was first described in 1882 by Isaac Bayley Balfour.[2] A miniature icon of this tree is found in Windows as a communication icon.
It flowers in a strongly branched panicle to hide outside. The flowering clusters from 2 to 4. The flowering pedicel is 5 millimeters long. The bloom cover is up to 5 mm long.
Dracaena: generic name that comes from the Greek drakaina = «dragon» referring to the «Dracaena draco». This tree in the local population of the Canary Islands was considered a dragon and was attributed maximum properties.

Croton urucurana tree

The Socotra Island dragon tree is a compact-looking tree up to 10 meters high with a fairly thick trunk. This species branches outwards abundantly, which gives the crown of these trees their characteristic hemispherical appearance. The leaves are stiff, up to 60 cm. long and 3 cm. wide, seated, with a widened base and glaucous green color. Its inflorescence is a highly branched panicle. Its «blood» is used in traditional medicine and as a dye.
This species of dragon tree described in 1882 by Isaac Bayley Balfour is native to the Socotra archipelago in East Africa where it occurs between 500 and 1,500 m altitude. It seems to be the closest relative of Dracaena draco, from which it is easily distinguished by its characteristic hemispherical crown and the greater overall robustness of the plant. The arborescent dragon trees colonized southern Europe and North Africa before the glaciations. Once eliminated by the glacial cold of Europe and most of Africa due to the desertification of the Sahara, tree dragon trees were relegated to the east and west margins of the African continent.

Nobre de dracena cinnabri del momento

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The tree is perhaps best known for the red resin that bears its name.  Known to Socotris as ‘emzoloh’, it has a variety of traditional medicinal uses.  Known to the ancients as ‘cinnabar’, it was well known in trade before 60AD; and the ‘dragon’s blood’ dye is believed to have been responsible for the intense color of Stradivarius violins.
Despite all this, the future of the species is uncertain.  Few populations are regenerating naturally, and in some areas young trees lack the species’ characteristic umbrella shape.
The tree can expect to lose 45% of its potential habitat by 2080, and while the expansion of the Skund Nature Sanctuary could protect two potential refuge areas, this level of conservation work will not save the species.

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