Frangipani Flowers

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 . . .

Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
After that, the flowers were gone and the leaves were shed. By January – February, new leaves began to grow. . .

Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
By February – March, leaves were in plenty, but no flowers . . .
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
And by the end of April, those beautiful flowers came again . . .
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam
Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam

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

32 thoughts on “Frangipani Flowers

  1. The scent of the frangipani is one of my very favorite in the world! I have perfume with that scent, and have tried to always have it after receiving some as a gift 40 years ago! The flower is almost as beautiful as the scent!

  2. Hello
    Just came over to see your blog,and there some lovely shots of the these
    blooms.Often refered to as the Singapore Gravevard Plant,they are quite
    lovely.Pity I do not know the scent of the Frangipani,but now I'm curious to find out!!

  3. wow!!! AMAZING!!!I love these flowers but did not know their English name till now. Are they native to India or tropics? Their fragrance is simply delicious. Thank you for documenting their lives–I bet they are blooming extra special today for you:)

  4. The smell of this flower is unforgettable.

    These flowers are important to the Hawaiians too. They wear it on their hair and even make leis out of them. Clips with these flowers (fake ones) are among the most popular souvenirs too; I brought back one. 🙂

    Superb pictures, Abhinav.

  5. Hi Abhinav, Just came across your blog. Nice photographs.. May be in the future i might ask some of it , for me to paint.. keep doing.. By the way, it is nice to see somebody from neighborhood.. I am from Pathanamthitta.

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