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Dracaena serrulata
Know a little more about the Dracaena Serrulata!
Jul, 2023 |

We are going to cover a very interesting plant species today. One that has over 40 different tree species. Scientifically known as Dracaena Serrulata, it is commonly called the Arabian Dragon Tree owing to its widespread presence in the hot dry rocky, sea facing slopes of Oman, South Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

It is believed that this plant was discovered as early as 1830. Dracaena is derived from the Greek word ‘drakaina,’ meaning ‘female dragon’. The plant when cut produces red gum which is said to resemble the blood of a dragon.

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Types of Dracaena

Dracaena comes in different colors, shapes and patterns across 40+varieties. Dracaenas Serrulata, is a variety which grow 2 to 10 feet tall, but the top can be trimmed to keep the plant shorter and bushier if desired. Other common varieties are Dracaena Fragans or corn plants, Dracaena Marginata or dragon trees and a smaller species called Dracaena Braunii or lucky bamboo, though not categorized as Bamboo species. In its natural environment, the Dracaena Cinnabari tree, a native of  the island of Socotra, Yemen, can grow to heights of up to 300-1500 meters.

Versatility of Dracaena Serrulata species

A very versatile plant, Dracaena Serrulata is known for its many uses. The leaves of the plant are large and stiff, making it a good source of fiber and rope.  Popularly the rope made from the plant, is used as camel tackle, baggage ropes and pulleys. The rope quality is good to make harnesses used during rock and cliff climbing. That’s not all, the threads of the plant had been used as bow strings and in catapults. The wood of Dracaena Serrulata had also been used to make drums. Moreover, the Dracaena Serrulata is an effective houseplant that aids in air purification and improves the air quality.

Ideal home for your Dracaena Serrulata

A low maintenance plant, Dracaena Serrulata thrives in full sun, well-drained soil and extreme conditions.  Dracaena Serrulata can also survive in low or medium light, but too much sun can cause the leaves to brown. The plant needs humid arid conditions and if low humidity is affecting the plant, then occasional spray mist on the plant will help or you can place the plant on a shallow tray with pebbles and water.

Avoid overwatering as it can lead to rotting of the roots. To prevent such a situation, ensure that the pot has enough drain holes. Water and fertilize your Dracaena Serrulata appropriately as per the seasons. It is reported that Dracaena Serrulata is sensitive to excessive salt and fluorides and if you notice the yellowing or browning of the plant, then change the soil and water with distilled water.

Threat to the well-being of Dracaena Serrulata species

Even though it is a popular plant, Dracaena Serrulata is categorized as an endangered species as per the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The plant species faces threats owing to many reasons such as deteriorating quality of the habitat, exploitation, population reduction to name a few. Hopefully conservation efforts will see reversing this situation soon.

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