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View from Dirhur valley. The omnipresent Dragon Blood tree is Socotra's icon, one of the most striking plants of the island. This strange-looking tree is one of its countless endemic species. The ancients thought its characteristically red sap was dragon's blood, and used it as a medicine and dye for hundreds of years. Experts have stated that the future of the species is threatened due to its poor reproduction under the lately climate change conditions.