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Plumeria rubra
Plumeria rubra
Botanical Name         : Plumeria rubra
Common Name          : Frangipani, Chempaka, Bunga Kubur, Temple Tree, Pagoda Tree
Family                          : Apocynaceae
Origin                           : A native of Tropical America, Frangipani is now extensively planted throughout the tropical and sub-tropical rigions of the world
General Info
Several species of Frangipani exist and they are differentiated first by the colour of the flowers, followed by the shape of the leaves-giving rise to at least two different forms: forma acutifolia and forma tricolor.
Botanical Feature
Form: The Frangipani is a small tree, growing 5-8 m in height, with a short trunk and a sparse open crown with many branches.
Leaf: The leaves are simple, large and thick, between 20-35 cm in length .
Flower: The flowers are large and attractive, about 5-6 cm size, with five petals. They are fragrant and colourful, and occur in various shades of red, pink, yellow, orange and white.
Fruit: When the Frangipani does fruit, the fruits occur as a pair of cylindrical curved pods, approximately 30 cm in length, containing numerous winged seeds.
Trunk: The trunk is short with a rough grey knobby bark.
Points of Interest
Frangipani is commonly planted in parks, open spaces and traffic islands and its beautiful flowers add a brilliant splash of colour to the surroundings.
Related Species
Plumeria obtuse (Great Frangipani) is small to mediunm-sized tree with a bushy crown of dark green leaves, and originates from Mexico.
The trees flower throughout the year and the flowers drop off every morning.
 
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