Frangipani or Plumeria ( chempakam / chempa ) is a beautiful flowering tree having white flowers with five petals. There are also other varieties of Frangipani with red and yellow colors. The one which I am sharing here is Plumeria obtusa. And here are some photos of such a Frangipani tree, taken during different season. I was watching it from the last flowering season to the present, and it was easy as it was near to my home.
These three were taken on last October . . .
After that, the flowers were gone and the leaves were shed. By January – February, new leaves began to grow. . .
By February – March, leaves were in plenty, but no flowers . . .
And by the end of April, those beautiful flowers came again . . .
The flowers and leaves are seen in groups on the tip of branches. The white flowers turn yellowish toward the centre. Flowers have a very nice fragrance. Leaves are about 20 cm long. This plant is a native of Central America. Here in kerala its name is Chempakam or Eezhachempakam, and arrived here centuries before.
Scientific name : Plumeria obtusa
Malayalam name : Chempakam or Eezhachempakam