Plumeria rubra ‘Paradise’

Plumeria rubra ‘Paradise’, Aka Plumeria ‘Nebel’s Rainbow’, Lei Rainbow,  Paradise frangipani, Rainbow paucipan, Rainbow jasmine, Rainbow frangipani, or simply Plumeria. Plumeria rubra is native to continental tropical America though it is now widely cultivated throughout the world in tropical regions, including Australia. The first Plumeria rubra trees were introduced to Hawaii. They created an industry for making…

Plumeria pudica (Bridal Bouquet)

Plumeria pudica (Bridal Bouquet) Aka Velo de Novia, Fiddle Leaf Plumeria, Wild Plumeria, Bonairian oleander, Naag champa (Bengali), and Wild Frangipani,  is a species of the genus Plumeria (Apocynaceae), native to Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. This profuse bloomer has unusual spoon-shaped leaves, and its flowers are white with a yellow centre. The leaves are quite distinctive. They have…

Plumeria rubra (Pink Frangipani)

Pink Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) Aka Red saucepan, Sacuanjoche (Nicaragua),  Flor de Alhelí (Puerto Rico),  Cacaloxochitl or Suchitl (Mexico), Red-jasmine, Red frangipani, Common Frangipani, Temple Tree, Melia (Hawaii), Tipani (Cook islands), is Nicaragua’s official national flower, but is originally native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela and has been widely cultivated in subtropical and tropical climates worldwide. I’ve already written…

Plumeria obtusa (Frangipani)

Plumeria obtusa (Frangipani) ISO 120, F/9, 1/200, @400mm The most common Frangipani in the Caribbean is Plumeria obtusa. Obtusa is native to the Greater Antilles, northern Central America and southern Mexico, but is originally from Columbia. It retains its flowers and leaves during winter, unlike Plumeria rubria which is deciduous. Cultivation is common in warmer parts of the world, including Southeast Asia. The irony of the Frangipani flower is…