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Nearly 250 miles from the conflict raging in mainland Yemen is the Yemeni island of Socotra. Socotra's location in the Indian Ocean is sufficiently isolated from both Africa and the Arabian Peninsula that nearly 40% of its plant life is endemic (native to nowhere else on earth). The most iconic species is the umbrella-shaped dragon blood tree, named for its red sap. The dragon blood tree is featured on Yemeni coinage. www.atlasobscura.com/places/socotra-island
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