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Plumeria (Frangipani)

Plumeria rubra


Common Name: Plumeria (Frangipani) Scientific Name: Plumeria rubra Geographic Area of Origin: Central America Common uses/hazards/importance: make Hawaiian leis; latex used for treatment of itches, swelling, fevers Distinguishing features: vibrant color, strong fragrance Date and Method of arriving in Hawaii: 1860, by boat Indigenous: No Endemic: No Invasive: No Other interesting historical, cultural, or ecological information: also native to central America, Caribbean, Mexico, South America; aka "Graveyard Flower" in 1940's because planted in cemeteries

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Spotted on Aug 14, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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