The Desert Blood wood tree is a tree found in the Australian desert. They have rough bark, thick leaves and thick blood red sap. It is found in the rock rises of Western and Southern Australia, and the Northern Territory.
This tree has tough and thick leaves to store water in, and rough bark so the tree is hard to get through. Also it has sticky pollen, to stick to the animals that come to collect nectar, so that the animal can spread the pollen. It also has blood red sap, which is why they call it the Desert Blood wood tree, and it has thick long roots to find and collect water.
The Desert Blood wood tree can drop off branches to save energy if needed. It can produce clusters of yellow flowers to attract animals to pollinate. Its leaves actually turn away from the sun, so that the water inside the leaves does not dry up. The Desert Blood wood tree has a unique feature, to hold an insect inside a gall. The Desert Blood wood gall is an insect, called a Coccid, and it spends its whole life drinking sap from the tree.
There is only one main threat to this tree. People cut it down for wood, which is preferable firewood. Also people get the sap from the trees to make into medicine.
So, this interesting tree is actually not rare, and is common. Many animals make the Desert Blood wood its home. The Desert Blood wood tree has a Desert Blood wood gall, which has got edible coconut stuff inside it, including an animal called a coccid, which lives inside the gall.