11 February, 2024

Pink Plumeria rubra (Frangipani) after the rain

Frangipani, also known as the Lei flower, is native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico. They can grow to be large shrubs or even small trees in mild areas of the U.S. In tropical regions, Plumeria may reach a height of 30' to 40' and half as wide. Their widely spaced thick succulent branches are round or pointed and have long leather, fleshy leaves in clusters near the branch tips. Leaves tend to fall in early winter since they are deciduous and sensitive to cold.

It grows as a spreading tree to 7–8 m (23–26 ft) high and wide and is flushed with fragrant flowers of shades of pink, white and yellow over the summer and autumn. “It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty - a Sherlock Holmes Short Story

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