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Dracaena jayniana (red dragon tree)

Dracaena jayniana is an endangered dragon tree from Thailand, the dried red sap of which is used to make a tonic drink.
Dracaena jayniana on a rocky area

Dracaena jayniana on limestone karst

Species information

Scientific name: 

Dracaena jayniana Wilkin & Suksathan

Common name: 

red dragon tree (English); Chan daeng (Thailand)

Conservation status: 

Endangered according to IUCN Red List criteria (preliminary assessment).

Habitat: 

Limestone karsts; usually on hilltops rather than steep cliff sides.

Key Uses: 

Tonic drink, ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Asparagaceae
Genus: Dracaena

About this species

Dracaena jayniana was recently identified as a new species by a team including Kew botanist Paul Wilkin and collaborators in Thailand, the Netherlands and Poland. It is named in honour of Jayne Spasojevic in recognition of a charitable donation by her husband to a sponsored skydive in aid of Portfield School in Dorset, UK. The epithet also sounds like the Thai vernacular name Chan.

Dracaena jayniana is part of a group of species related to the Canary Islands dragon tree D. draco.

Genus: 
Dracaena

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