|Aloe de Socotra|
Wild aloe vera - above - is easily found on the Island.
Aloe de Socotra (Aloe perryi) is found only in Sogotra and has medicinal properties.
Reportedly, Alexander the Great conquered Socotra in order to have Aloe for medicine.
Aloe has many medicinal properties such as: vitamins, is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, analgesic, antiseptic and has glucosan.
Red flowers (Asclepiadacee caralluma also called Caralluma socotrana) - above - is another spectacular addition to the many colorful flowers found on the Island.
Above - Caralluma socotrana. It is amazing how such beautiful plants can grow and be in such a rugged place like Soqotra.
Socotra is a botanist paradise - very few places on Earth have so many varieties of plants as here.
Many of the Archipelago's plants are unique in appearance.
Many of Socotra's very rare plants are found in several botanists gardens around the world - above and below.
The Archipelago has one of the richest and best preserved tropical flora in the world - making it one of the main and greatest attractions for botanists.
Above - wild pomegranates are abundant on the Island.
On the Island, flowers are in many shapes and colors.
The Dessert Rose (Adenium obesum) - above, the pink colored flower is common and found on bottle-shaped trees.
Pink seems to be the most common color here; but there are many other colors too. Above - the Hibiscus scottii.
Like red and yellow.
Below: the Edithcolea grandis which is endemic to Socotra.
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