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Trip to Socotra

Socotra is a Yemeni island in Indian Ocean, near the entrance to the gulf of Aden. It has such an atypical and endemic flora that I wanted to design it. 

It features :
-A dragon blood tree, Dracaena cinnabari, recognizable by its dense foliage and its umbrella shape, named like that for its red sap used since antiquity as a coulouring substance and as a medical material
-A cucumber tree, Dendrosicyos socotranus, the only species in the Cucurbitaceae that grows in a tree form

But Socotra has also several endemic animal species. 

So I added :
-A bird for the Socotra sparrow, Passer insularis
-A spider for the blue baboon tarentula, Monocentropus balfouri
-A crab for the Socotra pseudocardisoma
-A scorpion for the many species endemic to the island

There is 1615 parts. The base at its largest points is 30x40 studs.
I wanted to pay tribute to this beautiful looking island, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its biodiversity. It could be a nice set for nature lovers or simply for someone looking for some exoticism.

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