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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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