Mysterious Sceneries on Socotra Island

When visiting this amazing landscape, you cant help but to think you’ve been transported to a different planet completely. This Island is teaming with 700 extremely rare flora and fauna. Socotra Island is located in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km from Yemen. The glorious tree’s from this island have been preserved through the long geological isolation,with some varieties being 20 million years old! Perhaps one the most striking plants on this island would have to be the Dragons Blood tree, with a shape resembling an umbrella. Its red sap was the “dragons blood” of the ancients who lived there, in which they used as medicine and dye, and today used as paint and varnish. Other endmeic plants on this island would be the huge succulent tree Dorstenia gigas, the cucumber tree Dendrosicyos, and the rare Socotran pomegranate. Bats are the only mammals native to Socotra. There is also a concern that if goats are to ever be introduced to the island, they may eat the already endangered plant life. (Source:

2 thoughts on “Mysterious Sceneries on Socotra Island

  1. How difficult would it be to replant this tree, has any company successfully done this if so where are the plants and whn will they be planted. What is the oxygen ratio of this tree to other ( is this the main reason for the lack of them in one geographical location) Is not true the name of tree also mean life blood in !

  2. Socotra is a small Yemeni archipelago of four islands and islets in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Horn of Africa, about 350 kilometers south of the Arabian peninsula.

    Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 800 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth

    Socotra is home to more than 800 species of plants, some 240 of which are endemic to the island, and there are certainly many more plant species that have yet to be discovered. The climate is harsh, hot and dry, and yet – the most amazing plant life thrives there.

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