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This beautiful plumeria photo was taken in Hawaii.  I love the happy yellow, white and pink edges on the outside of the petals.  The plumeria has the most pleasing fragrance and is often used in Hawaiian floral leis.

The following information was taken from Wikipedia:

“…….Plumeria (/pluːˈmiəriə/; common name plumeria[citation needed]) is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.[1] It contains primarily deciduous shrubs and small trees. 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……..”

Plumeria sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
Tribe: Plumerieae
Genus: Plumeria
Plumieria Scop.

Plumeria  as taken from http://www.flowerleis.com
“……The plumeria is a popular flower in Hawaii for its large blossoms and its beautiful assortment of colors. Its scientific name is Apocynaceae, and its Hawaiian name is melia. The plumeria flower is made up of five large petals and often has two or three colors in each petal. They are strongly scented, and different varieties have different scents. These can range from sweet to citrusy to fruity. The plumeria flower comes in yellow and white varieties, pink varieties and those that are white, yellow and pink. Because they already have such lovely colors, they are not dyed. A plumeria lei will last about a day after its delivery and should be kept refrigerated until it is worn.
Plumerias were a symbol of death to Hawaiians. When plumeria trees were introduced to the Hawaiian islands in the 1800s, they were planted in cemeteries for beautification. This gave them an association with death that kept Hawaiians from wearing them. But today, they are one of the most popular lei flowers for their lovely colors, intoxicating scent and large size. Loose plumeria flowers are strung together in a single-strand lei to create the magnificent plumeria leis. Hawaiian plumeria is sometimes paired with ti leaves to accent the flowers with greenery. Because of their early associations, plumeria leis are often worn when decorating graves, but they are also given for graduations, as a greeting and worn to parties. Choose one of the fresh plumeria leis below to wear one of Hawaii’s most beautiful flowers……..”

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