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trees and flowers on Socotra Island in Yemen
December 10, 2015

Strange Roots

Socotra Island, located off the southeast coast of Yemen, is known for its lush biodiversity—and strange plant life. Dracaena cinnabari—more commonly known as the dragon’s blood tree—is the island’s iconic species, with its upturned branches perfectly adapted to capturing moisture.

This photograph was submitted to the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest.

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Photograph by Kelly Beckta

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