The unique species that have great adaptations to socotras ecology include plants like the dragons blood tree and cucumber tree on the other hand the exceptional fauna encompasses the socotra starling grosbeak sunbird warbler and the socotra chameleon as discussed below 7 socotra sunbird. The flora of the archipelago of socotra has been described so far although remaining incomplete but the vegetation and ecology is mostly unknown. Ecology and adaptive strategies of the plants are outlined in chapter 5 with an emphasis on the arid land ecosystems and chapter 6 gives a concise description of the main vegetation units along an altitudinal gradient from sea level to the high mountain peaks at ca 1550 m. Thus the opinion of krupp et al presented in the book vegetation ecology of socotra brown mies 2012 that socotra was separated from africa about that time is true only in a tectonic sense . Ecology and adaptive strategies of the plants are dealt with in chapter 5 and chapter 6 gives a concise description of the main vegetation units finally important management issues of the vegetation are discussed an essential topic to ensure preservation of the natural heritage of the archipelago
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