All I have to do is look at a picture of a plumeria flower, and it automatically transports me to the islands of Hawaii and relaxes me. I can even smell it...ahhhhh. I captured this beauty at the National Tropical Botanical Garden near Poipu, Kauai.
Interesting Facts: - In Vietnam, plumeria (frangipani) is used for its healing qualities: the bark, mashed in alcohol, prevents skin inflammation. It is also used to treat indigestion and high blood pressure, while the milk-like sap serves as a balm for skin diseases. The white flowers are used in traditional medicine to cure high blood pressure, haemophilia, cough, dysentery and fever.
- Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.