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Frangipani

Plumeria

Description:

Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.

Habitat:

Spotted in my garden in Antigua. Frangipani plants are native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil but can be grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Notes:

This plant has a vey unique characteristic: each flower is multi-colored and different from each other (picture 2 and 3). I'm not sure if this is an hybrid, a fluke of nature, or a common occurrence in Frangipani plants. I've personally never seen one like this.

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Stefania Romoff
Spotted by
Stefania Romoff

Antigua and Barbuda

Spotted on Jun 23, 2013
Submitted on Jan 19, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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