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Dragon Tree

Dracaena draco (Dragon tree)
Plant Botanical Name: 
Dracaena draco
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Conservatory Room Location: 
World Deserts
Plant Threat Level: 
Vulnerable

Dracaena draco, or dragon tree, is a vulnerable plant endemic to the arid, rocky mountain ranges of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Cape Verde. Though the dragon tree is relatively common as a houseplant and garden specimen, there are very few remaining in its narrow ecological range. The dark red sap of Dracaena draco was regarded for centuries in European legends as "the blood of dragons," and was often used for its supposed magical and medicinal qualities. This resin is still used today to produce incense and varnishes used to stain and polish wood, such as Stradivarius violins.