Common White Frangipani
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Common White Frangipani
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Frangipani, Plumeria • Hindi: Golenchi/Golachin गुलैन्ची, गुलाचिन, Champa चम्पा • Manipuri: Khagi leihao angouba • Bengali: Kathgolop • Tamil: நெல ஸம்பங்கி Nela sampangi • Marathi: चाफ़ा • Kannada: ದೇವ ಗಣುಗಲ Deva Ganugala • Konkani: Chaempae चँपें • Assamese: গুলঞ্চ Gulancha • Telugu: దేవ గన్నేరు Deva ganneru • Nepali: चोया फूल Choya Phool, गलैँची Galainchee • Kashmiri: Gul-e Cheen ﮔﹹﻞﹺ ﭼﻴﻦ
Botanical name: Plumeria rubra    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Plumeria acutifolia, Plumeria rubra var. acutifolia

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. Common White Frangipani 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.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Jamia Millia, Delhi

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