Socotra Island in Yemen

Socotra Island in Yemen

Socotra is a four islands archipelago in Indian Ocean. The unusual island belongs to Yemen. It is of continental origin and is the most isolated place in the world of that kind.

It is famous for its biodiversity. Due to isolation and hot climate, plenty of endemic flora is found in Socotra. 307 out of the 825 plant species are indicated to be endemic (found only here).

Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra’s landscape could be defined by Dragon Blood Trees – the unique plants, that look like an umbrella. The red sap, which was used as a medicine, gave the name for the tree. The island is also a home for a few endemic bird and mammal species.

Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra Island in Yemen

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Socotra is under the UNESCO protection.