Species: Plumeria rubra
Common name: Red Frangipani, Common Frangipani, Plumeria, Temple Tree
Plumerias are some of my favourite flowers. They’re not usually found in flower shops because the flowers come from trees as opposed to bushy-like growth of plants like roses or gladiolas. This particular species of Plumeria has pinkish flowers with yellow along the inner edge of each petal, while other species have yellow petals with white along the inner edge, or even pure white flowers. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America, but now most widely grown in Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, etc.). These trees are also very popular in Hawaii where they serve as some of the main flowers used in the construction of a lei. Other than purely ornamental use, Plumeria has also become a popular scent in perfumes where essential oils are used.