Plumeria or Frangipani

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Plant of the Month | 0 comments

Plumeria or Frangipani

Beautiful Plumeria Tree

The frangipani and Plumeria give on the true sense of the tropics. They are highly regarded world wide for their beautiful blooms and their frangrant sent. To pick a single or multiple blooms to carry with you or place around the house gives the room a sense of relaxation.

Most common are the white and yellow blossoms, but the variety of sunset and tropical colors become prevalent the closer you get to the equator. Know for their durability, frangipani can survive neglect, drought and heat while remaining to fill the yard with their wonderful fragrance. They are apropriate for most any yard.

Frangipani History

Frangipani or plumeria is know throughout the world in many cultures by various names and each with their own specific myths and individual history. Best known as coming from to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil.

Origin of the name Plumeria or Frangipani

The genus, originally spelled Plumeria, is named in honor of the seventeenth-century French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the ¬†New World documenting many plant and animal species. The common name “frangipani” comes from a sixteenth- century marquess of the noble family in Italy who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. Many English speakers also simply use the generic name “plumeria¬†MORE CLICK HERE

Plumeria in Culture and Myth

In southeastern Asia plumeria are now common naturalised plants. Believed by locals to provide homes for demons and ghosts.

  • Malay folklore, the pontianak; They are associated with temples in both Hindu and Buddhist cultures. frangipani trees are often planted in cemeteries.
  • Throughout the Pacific islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, and the Cook Islands Plumeria species are used for making leis.
  • Nicaragua and Laos, the name is Sacuanjoche and
  • Bengali culture mostly white flowers, and, in particular, plumeria are associated with funerals and death.
  • Philippines and Indonesia, Plumeria, is associated with ghosts and graveyards. Plumerias often are planted on cemetery grounds in both countries. They are also common ornamental plants in houses, parks, parking lots, etc. in the Philippines. Balinese Hindus use the flowers in their temple offerings.
  • Indian incenses containing Plumeria have “Champa” in their name, for example Nag Champa Plumeria is not a champa OR its aroma is not similar, but Indian incense having Halmaddi (Alianthus malabarica) resins produce Plumeria-like aroma, which is the main ingredient of Nagchampa incense.
  • Hindu mythology, is replete with many different stories and

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