Plumeria obtusa – Singapore Plumeria
Other Common Names: Frangipani, Singapore Graveyard Flower
Plumeria obtusa is an ornamental flowering plant that belongs to the Apocynaceae family. It is cultivated around the world, especially in places with warm climate, and is known by its common names such as Singapore Graveyard Flower, or Singapore Plumeria.
It is an evergreen shrub, which can also pass for a small tree as it can grow up to 15 feet or 4.5 meters tall. Sometimes, it can even reach a height of 20 feet or 6 meters. The leaves of the Singapore Plumeris are dark green and shiny, with a leathery texture. They are blunt-ended and are normally 6 to 10 inches or 15 to 25 centimeters long.
It produces creamy white flowers that have a distinct yellow center. They grow at the edge of the branches in rounded clusters. The individual flowers are tubular, with 5 spreading lobes that have blunt tips. They normally grow 3 inches or 8 centimeters across and have a very pleasant smell. In fact, the Singapore Plumeria is considered to be the most fragrant and the loveliest among other types of Plumeria plants. The flowers are followed by seed follicles, which are dry, brown, ovate and contain several winged seeds.
Usually, the pretty and fragrant flowers of the Singapore Plumeria are used to make necklaces such as leis, so that the person who wears them can enjoy not only the decorative piece but appreciate the pleasant smell too. They are also used as offering to the deities and used as traditional medicine. However, it should be noted that it contains a poisonous sap, which can be a skin irritant.