Did you know that Plumeria rubra was declared the national flower of Nicaragua in 1971, where it is known as Sacuanjoche. The common name – “frangipani” comes from an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess, which invented a plumeria-scented perfume. It is originally native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela.
Plumeria rubra offers many benefits. In Cambodia, P. rubra flowers are used as necklaces, as offerings to deities or as decoration for coffins. In traditional Chinese medicine, the flowers and bark are used in the treatment of fever, bacillary dysentery, and pertussis among others. In some other parts of the world, the leaves are used in the cure of sores and made into soothing infusions. It is no wonder they say that trees represent life, growth, peace, and nature.
You can catch a glimpse of this beautiful flower in the Butterfly Garden at LUFASI Nature Park.
Note that the latex found in the stems of the plant is toxic but not deadly unless taken in large quantities.