Socotra also spelled Soqotra, is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean.The largest island, also called Socotra, is about 95% of the landmass of the archipelago.The island is very isolated and through the process of speciation, a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth. Socotra is part of the Republic of Yemen. It had long been a part of the 'Adan Governorate. In 2004, it became attached to the Hadhramaut Governorate, which is much closer to the island than 'Adan.