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Copy of Dragon's Blood Tree

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Nick Kovacs

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Dragon's Blood Tree

Classification Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Lilopsadae
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Dracaena
Species: cinnabari Habitat Only found on Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean. It lives in a windy climate with heavy rainfall during some months, others are very dry. It usually grows in dry, cracked soil, where water can flow to roots during times of heavy rainfall. Reproduction: Flowers on the tree bloom around February each year, where a fruit is produced. After approx. 5 months of maturation, the fruit is ready to be consumed by animals. Animals act as seed dispersers. Seeds are often dropped near the parent tree. This leads to many of the tree living in close proximity. Structure The tree has a long, skinny trunk with branches forming an umbrella shape at the top. This provides shade to the roots and for it's saplings which often grown beneath it.
The shape of the branches allows water to flow down from the leaves into the roots.
The tree can grow up to 10m and the leaves are as long as 60cm. Nutritional Inforamation The Dragon' Blood tree is autotrophic, and gets it energy through that means. It's main source of water is it's morning dew. Effects on Human Health The resin from the tree has many medicinal properties, such as increasing the blood’s ability to coagulate (for scraps and wounds to stop bleeding) it also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties Characteristics The Dragon's Blood tree is named so for it's red coloured sap. Which is said to have many healing properties Our Species The species we have decided upon presenting is the Dragon's Blood tree. A large tree present in a very small ecological region, it is a special and important part of its ecosystem. Environmental Impact Like all trees, the Dragon's Blood Tree helps the environment by producing oxygen. As well, the tree is associated with a large number of different small species of plants, so the protection of it would mean the protection of a wide variety of plants. Economic Effects The resin is collected a sold as a naturopathic remedy. It is also sold a a beauty product additive. This however can lead to over harvesting and is the reason it is threatened.
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