Scientists first reached the remote Socotra Archipelago in 1880, when Scottish botanist Isaac Balfour collected around 500 plants, over 200 species were new to science 💥 . .
To date, approximately 825 vascular plants have been recorded from Socotra, of which 307 are found nowhere else on Earth.
They make the archipelago one of the world’s richest islands group for endemic (37%) plant species.
There is no evidence to suggest that the situation on the island has changed much since Balfour’s visit in 1880. .
Caralluma Socotrana 🌹 in the foreground, Dracaena Cinnabari 🥦 in the background . .
There’s one species which hasn’t been listed yet:
our ENDEMIC ENTHUSIASM 🏵