La Palma dragon tree
© Omar Sayami

Primeval Times

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".

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