Saturday, May 23, 2009

Today's Flowers #41: Plumeria (雞蛋花)

I want to photograph the plumeria after the rain.  I got the chance on Thursday afternoon when Taipei was drenched in a thunder shower.  Plumeria is a plant of the New world, not native to Taiwan.  It was named after the 17th century French botanist Charles Plumier.

The common name for Plumeria is Frangipani, named after the Italian marquess, who invented the plumeria-scented perfume.  Frangipani is certainly much more romantic than its Chinese name, the direct translation of it is "Chicken Egg Flower".

We have both the yellow and red/pink varieties in our condo's garden.

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11 comments:

Regina said...

Beautiful shots!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

At home, in my country of birth, we call that Kalachuchi. Great info accompaniment.

Arija said...

I love the scent of Frangipani..can't even keep it alive here in the shade house.

Arija said...

I love the scent of Frangipani..can't even keep it alive here in the shade house.

Greyscale Territory said...

I thought this was a small frangipani when I first sighted it. I did not know of other names! Beautiful photos!

Ebie said...

Oh the sweet scent of this flower. Like what Bonnie says, we call it "kalachuchi" in the Philippines.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Grace and Bradley

Wonderful post!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope you have a nice week.

Luiz

Angie said...

Great close up shots & Oh! the smell.

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful flowers. I have not seen them before.

Glennis said...

Oh Ah frangipani, how I love the perfume, while in tropical places I try to keep a flower in my hand all the time, just to sniff, the white one smells best but the red one is prettiest. Nice pictures I can almost smell it

kRiZ cPEc said...

hi, those are among the loveliest flowers, aren't they!

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