Dracaena Draco

 

Dracaena Draco is a slow but very long-lived plant; it is estimated it can reach eight hundred years, like the specimen in Icos de Los Vinos in the Canary Islands, but being a molocotyledon it does not have annual rings which confirm its age.

Also called Dragon's Blood because of its resin which becomes red when in contact with air, it was already used by ancient Romans as "cinnabar" pigment used as a dye for wool, ceramics, marbles and even lipsticks. Later it was also used as a mordant for Stradivarius violins. Today it is still used in folk medicine to stop bleeding, cure ulcers and treat diarrhea and that is also why it is at risk of extinction.

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