SCIENTIFIC NAME: Plumeria
COMMON NAME(S): Frangipani
FAMILY: APOCYNACEAE - Dogbane family
ORIGIN: American tropics, 8 spp.
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes
CHARACTERISTICS: Thick, succulent, with large leaf scars and milky sap
LEAVES: Simple, leathery, elliptic; arranged alternately or appearing to be in whorls at the ends of the branches
FLOWERS: Large, showy clusters in red, white, pink, yellow, orange
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer
FRUITS: Twin pod
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Resins, caoutchouc and other acids and their calcium salts
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: The milky sap can cause burning and blistering of the skin. P. alba L. and P. rubra L. are most common.