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Daemonorops draco - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-023.jpg
Dragon's blood palm Daemonorops draco
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Calamoideae
Tribe: Calameae
Genus: Daemonorops
Blume ex Schult.f., 1830

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Daemonorops is a genus of rattan palms in the family Arecaceae found primarily in the tropics and subtropics of southeastern Asia.

The stems of the Daemonorops are harvest for their cores, which is used for everything from canes to furniture. The fruits of certain species, in particular Daemonorops draco, produces a red resin known as "Dragon's blood".[1] The seeds of species such as Daemonorops margaritae (Chinese: 星月菩提) are harvested for the production of Buddhist prayer beads.

Polished Daemonorops seeds on a mala

Polysaccharides found in some Daemonorops species are known for their medicinal anticoagulant properties.[1]



  1. ^ a b Gibbs A, Green C, Doctor VM. (1983). "Isolation and anticoagulant properties of polysaccharides of Typha Augustata and Daemonorops species". Thromb Res. 32 (2): 97–108. doi:10.1016/0049-3848(83)90021-X. PMID 6658717. 
  2. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy".