Thursday, October 1, 2009

Frangipani in the morning

We have a pink frangipani, aka Plumeria rubra, growing on the patio. There was some hesitation in getting it initially, as the frangipani is associated with cemeteries here in Malaysia; but WW decided that a pink one would be OK, as it's the white ones that are in the cemeteries.

It has grown well and produces flowers regularly - an interesting factoid about frangipanis is:
"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." (Wikipedia)

Here are a couple of photos which I quite like, taken in the morning
frangipani Plumeria rubra malaysia

frangipani Plumeria rubra malaysia


Urban Green said...

lovely. glistening drops, and the rays filtering through...beautiful.

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

They always produce beautiful pink flowers. You mean sphinx moths hunt for nectar at night?... ~bangchk

Green thumb said...

Plumerias are prolific bloomers. Not very exacting in nature they are thus great plants to have in one's garden. Your morning pics do full justice to their beauty!
Best Wishes

Stephanie said...

Hello! I like frangipani flowers. They are all so lovely. Too bad I have a small garden. If not, I would definitely have one. Have a great weekend!

julian said...

*Urban Green* - thanks :) I like it in the garden in the morning, when it's still cool and fresh.

*Bangchik and Kakdah* - I guess so...

*Green thumb* - true, the tree doesn't take much special care. We've even had to prune off some substantial bits.

*Stephanie* - I think you could put one in a big pot. I've seen that somewhere.