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Soqotra - land of the dragon's blood tree.

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This paper outlines the botanical exploration of Soqotra, which lies in the Arabian Sea. The 2006 visit was the latest in a series of some 20 expeditions to the archipelago by RBGE staff and associates, which began in 1989. The main aims of this last visit were to initiate a new research programme aimed at understanding the ecology of the dragon's blood woodlands, to collect artefacts, and take photographs and film for the current exhibition on the Soqotra archipelago. Some information is given on geography of Soqotra as well as the historical collections and endemism of species from this archipelago. Phytogeographical and ecological data on Begonia, Exacum, unique vegetation, plants used by man, and exotic plants are given.