14 January, 2008

The World’s Grandest Stand

The New York Times had this interesting article on the Dragon's blood trees of Socotra. Excerpts:

I feel as though I’m walking through a cemetery,” said Paul Scholte, an environmental scientist who is the chief officer for the United Nations Development Program on this arid, windswept island, 200 miles off Yemen.

He was hiking over a steep mountainside through the world’s grandest stand, and one of its last, of dragon’s blood trees, Dracaena cinnabari.

The dracaenas were born 65 million years ago on the supercontinent Gondwana.....nowhere are they as populous, storied and majestic as on Socotra.

Read more from the The New York Times article.