Asparagaceae is a new family derived from the Liliaceae by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) in 1998. In this family, Dracaena is one of the oldest genera, and Dracaena species are used as ornamental or horticultural plants worldwide. An injured trunk or branch of a Dracaena plant can exude a red resin, known as dragon’s blood, which has been utilized as a traditional medicine for wounds, fractures, piles, leucorrhea, diarrhea, stomach and intestinal ulcers, and even some types of cancer in the histories of many cultures.

Scientific classitication

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Dracaena

Common Name

Long Xue Shu


Ding, X., Mei, W., Huang, S., Wang, H., Zhu, J., Hu, W., ... & Dai, H. (2018). Genome survey sequencing for the characterization of genetic background of Dracaena cambodiana and its defense response during dragon’s blood formation. PloS one, 13(12).