Posted September 19, 2018
Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The species variously are indigenous to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and as far south as Brazil, but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. These are now common naturalized plants in southern and southeastern Asia. They are also associated with temples in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cultures. In several Pacific islands, such as Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii, New Zealand, Tonga, and the Cook Islands plumeria species are used for making leis.
Names for plants vary widely according to region, with Frangipani being one of the most common. Plumeria rubra is the national flower of Nicaragua, where it is known under the local name "sacuanjoche" Plumeria alba is the national flower of Laos, where it is known under the local name champa or "dok champa". In Sri Lankan tradition, plumeria is associated with worship. One of the heavenly damsels in the frescoes of the fifth-century rock fortress Sigiriya holds a 5-petalled flower in her right hand that is indistinguishable from plumeria.