Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Frangipani | Plumeria

Yellow Flowering Frangipani (Plumeria).
Plumeria is native to Colombia and emits a very strong and pleasant aroma. Technically a tree, Plumeria is found all over the Caribbean coast, but especially in Barranquilla. Plumeria is in the Apocynaceae, Dogbane Family and has a clean tropical floral scent. The common name 'frangipani' comes from an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess of which invented a plumeria-scented perfume. It is grown extensively in southern and western parts of India, where it is named champa.  Like Bougainvillea, Plumeria flowers come in all sorts of colours including white, pink, yellow, red, and even mixed colour combinations such as pink and yellow. While you can see Plumeria all over and at any time of the day, if you want to truly enjoy the aroma of this pleasant plant, wait until sundown—that is when the aroma is at its strongest.

The flowers are used in making Hawaiian leis.