Plumeria - Kingfisher Publishing - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W
Plumeria - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W
Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It contains primarily deciduous shrubs and small trees. The flowers 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.
The genus is named in honor of the seventeenth-century French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the New World documenting many plant and animal species. The common name "frangipani" comes from a sixteenth-century marquess of the Frangipani family in Italy who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. Many English speakers also simply use the generic name "plumeria".
In southern and southeastern Asia local folk beliefs they provide shelter to ghosts and demons. The scent of the Plumeria has been associated with a vampire in Malay folklore, the pontianak; frangipani trees are often planted in cemeteries. They are associated with temples in both Hindu and Buddhist cultures.
In some Bengali culture the plumeria, are associated with funerals and death.
In the Philippines and Indonesia, Plumeria, is often associated with ghosts and graveyards. Plumerias often are planted on cemetery grounds in both countries.
Balinese Hindus use the flowers in their temple offerings.