Endemic tree of Socotra, a small archipeligo of 4 islands in the Indian Ocean; and is part of the Republic of Yemen. One of the most striking of Socotra's plants is the dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari), which is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree. Its red sap was thought to be the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye, and today used as paint and varnish.
MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe: The hills of Matobo were formed over 2 million years ago, with granite being forced to the surface. This has eroded to produce smooth "whaleback" shapes & broken, isolated rock kopje hills, strewn with boulders & interspersed with thickets of vegetation. Mzilikazi, founder of the Ndebele nation, gave this area its name, meaning 'Bald Heads'.