Common name: Frangipani, Plumeria • Hindi: Golenchi/Golachin गुलैन्ची, गुलाचिन, Champa चम्पा • Manipuri: Khagi leihao angouba • Bengali: Kathgolop • Tamil: நெல ஸம்பங்கி Nela sampangi • Marathi: चाफ़ा • Konkani: Chaempae चँपें
Botanical name: Plumeria rubra acutifolia Family: Apocynaceae (oleander family)
There is a lore which says that the name Frangipani derives from a perfume
created by an Italian family of the same name.
Frangipani, also known as the Plumeria, is native to warm tropical
areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and Mexico. They
can grow to be large shrubs or even small trees in mild areas of the
U.S. In tropical regions, Plumeria may reach a height of 30' to 40' and
half as wide. Their widely spaced thick succulent branches are round or
pointed, and have long leather, fleshy leaves in clusters near the branch
tips. Leaves tend to fall in early winter since they are deciduous and
sensitive to cold. Plumeraia rubra acutifolia has very fragrant white
flowers with yellow centers. The petals are small and strongly overlapping,
giving the impression of a flower in the process of unfolding.
|Photographed in Jamia Millia,