28 Nov '12, 4pm
Nine Fascinating Trees Threatened with Extinction
There are several species of Dragon tree, and some of the smaller ones are frequently used as ornamental plants. Others, however, are vanishing at a rapid rate. There are conflicting reports as to exactly where the Dragon tree originated, but it seems to be native to Egypt, Morocco, Madeira, Cape Verde and some of the Canary Islands. A tall tree with spiky leaves, the Dragon tree is assumed by some biologists to live up to 1,000 years. However, because the tree doesn’t grow in the standard rings, it’s difficult to determine specific trees’ ages. Regardless, the tree has a fascinating history. Some sources say that it was featured in Greek myths, and that the trees sprang up from the blood of a slain dragon . In ancient Rome, the tree’s sap was used in alchemy, and Pliny the Elder suspected the sap originated from the mingling of elephant and dragon blood.