The Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) is a deciduous flowering plant in the Apocynaceae family of dogbanes. It is also known as Plumeria, Temple Tree, and Red Jasmine, however it is not a jasmine.
It is native to Central America. It prefers tropical and sub-tropical regions.
It is a small, spreading tree, growing to about 8 metres (26 feet) tall and wide.
Its trunk is sausage-shaped with thin, grey bark. It has large, green leaves about 30-50 centimetres (12-20 inches) long. It is deciduous and the leaves fall in cooler months. It has 20-30 winged seeds in a pod.
The Frangipani has fragrant flowers in pink or white, with yellow centres. They have five waxy petals. The flowers grow to about 7 centimetres (3 inches) in diameter.
It blooms in summer.
Photographed in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, December 2018.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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