It is a perennial plant. It grows up to 6 meters. Dragon's blood is an evergreen climbing palm producing a cluster of unbranched stems up to 15 meters long that climb into the surrounding vegetation.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its resin, medicinal uses and to supply material for basket making. This is probably the main species supplying the resin, though several others are also a source of it. The resin is sold in local markets and sometimes traded internationally.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%