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Daemonorops draco  (Willd.) Blume


Botanical Name


Daemonorops draco (Willd.) Blume

English Name


Dragon's Blood, Dragon's blood palm, Sumatra dragon's blood.



Calamus draco Willd.





General Info


A small palm, the trunk is erect, and resembles an elegant, slender palm tree, armed with innumerable dark-colored, flattened elastic spines, often disposed in oblique rows, with their bases united. The leaves are pinnate, their sheaths in petioles armed as above described; leaflets single, alternate, ensiform, margins remotely armed with stiff, slender bristles, as are also the ribs; 12 to 18 inches long and about 3/4 inch broad. The spadix of the female is hermaphrodite and inserted by means of a short, armed petiole on the mouth of the sheath opposite to the leaf, and is oblong and decompound, resembling a common oblong panicle. Spathes several, one to each of the 4 or 5 primary ramifications of the spadix, lanceolate and leathery; all smooth except the exterior or lower one, which is armed on the outside. Calyx turbinate, ribbed, mouth 3-toothed, by the swelling of the ovary split into 3 portions, and in this manner adhering, together with the corolla, to the ripe berries. Corolla 3-cleft; divisions ovate-lanceolate, twice as long as the calyx, and permanent. Filaments 6, very broad, and inserted into the base of the corolla. Anthers filiform, and seemingly abortive. Ovary oval; style short; stigmas 3-cleft; divisions revolute and glandular on the inside. The berry is round, pointed, and of the size of a cherry.

Herb Effects

Astringent, expectorant, sedative, tonic.


King's American Dispensatory


Active Ingredients

Abietic acid, benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, dracorhodin, dracorubin, oleanolic acid (fruit)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Abietic acid 72452-62-1 (1R,4aS,4bR,10aS)-1,
0,10a-octa hydrophe
ic acid
C20H30O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Benzoic acid 8013-63-6 benzoic acid C7H6O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Cinnamic acid 63938-16-9 3-phenylprop-2-enoic
C9H8O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Dracorhodin 643-56-1 5-methoxy-6-methyl-2
C17H14O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Dracorubin Not Available Not Available C32H24O5 Click Here To Enlarge
Oleanolic acid 508-02-1 10-hydroxy-2,2,6a,6b
c acid
C30H48O3 Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

As a wash to promote healing and stop bleeding, for chest pains, post-partum bleeding, internal traumas, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and all kinds of gastric and abdominal pain due to blood stasis.


Jing-Nuan Wu. An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica. P: 248, Oxford University Press, Inc.2005.



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