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Dragon Tree

 

(Dracaena draco), a tree of the genus Dracaena of the family Agavaceae. The thick, branching trunk attains a height of up to 20 m, with a diameter of up to 4 m at the base, and has a secondary growth in thickness. The leaves are linear, leathery, and long, growing in fascicles at the ends of the branches. The flowers are large, bisexual, and regular, with a petaloid, choriphyllous perianth, and are found in fascicles of two to four. The dragon tree grows on the Canary Islands and the island of Socotra; some trees live to 5,000 or 6,000 years. A resin called dragon’s blood flows from incisions in the bark. The leaf fibers are used for weaving.

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Terraced, cultivated fields give way to sprawls of prickly pear, palm groves, lofty eucalyptus, wild pink and white-blossomed almonds clinging to sheer-faced cliffs and, finally the dragon tree, a tough yucca crowning the skyline.
We spent a lazy afternoon drinking coffee in the tiny main square underneath gnarled old dragon trees, while most of the village snoozed indoors during their afternoon siesta.
Where indoor trees or tall floor plants - which grow to 6 feet or more - are concerned, the specimens of choice would be dragon trees (also known as Dracaenas or corn plants) and palms.
We planted between 125 to 130'' sapphire dragon trees, said Baker, 66.