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Plumeria is related to the Oleander, Nerium oleander, and both possess an irritant, rather similar to that of Euphorbia. Contact with the sap may irritate eyes and skin. 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. There are more than 300 named varieties of Plumeria.


They 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. This particular frangipani plant is in my garden in the West coast of Antigua.


I've never seen this kind of variegated frangipani flower that has so many variation of colors. I am wondering if it is a hybrid or if it is a particular type of plumeria not common on the island. I've asked locals and they also have never seen such a frangipani plant. If anyone has an idea, I'd appreciate your input

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Stefania Romoff
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Stefania Romoff

Antigua and Barbuda

Spotted on Mar 22, 2015
Submitted on Mar 24, 2015

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