National Geographic : 1955 Apr
© National Geographic Society 513 Iiodachrome by Jean and Franc Shor, National Geographic Staff Fifty Feet Around the Base, a Weird Dragon Tree Mushrooms in Icod, Tenerife The strange trees are native to the Canaries. Guanches, the islands' aborigines, used the dark-red resin, called dragon's blood, to mummify the bodies of their kings and nobles. The trees have all but disappeared; survivors now get protection. Dragon trees attain great age; tradition says this one has lived 3,000 years.