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Dragon Life

Dragon tree on the trail near Las Tricia towards the coast | Canary Islands | Spain

The botanical genus name Dracaena is derived from the Greek word meaning Drakaina female dragon. For the names of origin are different theories.

On the one hand, the name is attributed to the fact that broken shoots sprout again, and usually form in a branch two or more drives, similar to a dragon, after knocking off a head grow several new heads. On the other hand, in violations of the tribe from an initially colorless juice, which coagulates in the air to a dark red resin. This resin is also called "Dragon's Blood".

The Guanches, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands, it used for healing of bone fractures and other injuries, but also for mummifying their dead. In the Middle Ages "dragon's blood" was as valuable as gold, as well as the Spanish conquistadors discovered the healing properties of the resinous substance. In the 19th century it was used as an additive for toothpaste because it had a reputation to keep teeth and gums healthy. Furthermore, it has been used for varnishes and polishes, including in violin and for the preservation of wood in buildings. The typical dark color of the wooden balconies and doors was originally based on it. Source: Wikipedia

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