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Scientists Discovered New Species of Dragon Tree in Thailand

An international team of scientists in the month of October 2013 discovered a new species of dragon tree (Dracaena Kaweesakii) in Thailand.

Oct 19, 2013 13:57 IST
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An international team of scientists in the month of October 2013 discovered a new species of dragon tree (Dracaena Kaweesakii) in Thailand.

The newly discovered dragon tree species Dracaena Kaweesakii is characterised by its extensive branching. The new species can reach an impressive 12 meter in both height and crown diameter.
It has beautiful soft sword-shaped leaves with white edges and cream flowers with bright orange filaments, all highly distinctive features.

The detailed outline of the discovery new species was published in the open access journal Phytokeys by an international team of scientists.

Dracaena Kaweesakii is an ecologically important species found only on limestone hills and mountains that are often associated with Buddhist temples in Thailand.

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