Monday, June 14, 2010

Plumeria Alba


Plumeria (common name Frangipani) is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas. The genus consists of mainly deciduous shrubs and trees.


Plumeria is related to the Oleander, Nerium oleander, and both possess poisonous, milky sap, rather similar to that of Euphorbia. These are now common naturalised plants in southern and southeastern Asia.


In local folk beliefs they provide shelter to ghosts and demons. They are associated with temples (hence the common name – temple tree) in both Hindu and Buddhist cultures, though Hindus (except on Bali) do not use the flowers in their temple offerings.

(Information source: Wikipedia)

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