Frangipani – Red Fragipani – /

Plumeria rubra (Wikipedia)

Plumeria rubra
Champa tree with pink flowers in Islamabad, Pakistan.jpg
Tree with pink flowers in Pakistan
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Plumeria
P. rubra
Binomial name
Plumeria rubra
  • Plumeria acuminata W.T.Aiton
  • Plumeria acutifolia Poir.
  • Plumeria angustifolia A.DC.
  • Plumeria arborea Noronha
  • Plumeria arborescens G.Don
  • Plumeria aurantia Endl.
  • Plumeria aurantia Lodd. ex G.Don
  • Plumeria aurantiaca Steud.
  • Plumeria bicolor Ruiz & Pav.
  • Plumeria blandfordiana Lodd. ex G.Don
  • Plumeria carinata Ruiz & Pav.
  • Plumeria conspicua G.Don
  • Plumeria gouanii D.Don ex G.Don.
  • Plumeria incarnata Mill.
  • Plumeria incarnata Ruiz & Pav.
  • Plumeria jamesonii Hook.
  • Plumeria kerrii G.Don
  • Plumeria kunthiana Kostel.
  • Plumeria lambertiana Lindl.
  • Plumeria loranthifolia Müll.Arg.
  • Plumeria lutea Ruiz & Pav.
  • Plumeria macrophylla Lodd. ex G.Don
  • Plumeria megaphylla A.DC.
  • Plumeria mexicana Lodd.
  • Plumeria milleri G.Don
  • Plumeria mollis Kunth
  • Plumeria northiana Lodd. ex G.Don
  • Plumeria purpurea Ruiz & Pav.
  • Plumeria tenuifolia Lodd. ex G.Don
  • Plumeria tricolor Ruiz & Pav.

Plumeria rubra is a deciduous plant species belonging to the genus Plumeria. Originally native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela, it has been widely cultivated in subtropical and tropical climates worldwide and is a popular garden and park plant, as well as being used in temples and cemeteries. It grows as a spreading tree to 7–8 m (23–26 ft) high and wide, and is flushed with fragrant flowers of shades of pink, white and yellow over the summer and autumn.

Plumeria rubra was one of the many species first described by Carl Linnaeus, and appeared in the 1753 edition of Species Plantarum. Its specific epithet is derived from the Latin ruber "red". The epithets acuminata, acutifolia, and lutea are seen, but these are invalid. Its common names include frangipani,red paucipan,red-jasmine,red frangipani, common frangipani, temple tree, or simply plumeria.

« Back to Glossary Index