What is plumeria?

plumeria tree
   The plumeria is also called the frangipani or temple tree. It is a small tree or shrub that grows only in tropical areas. It is well known for its beautiful and fragrant flowers. The large waxy flowers are funnel-shaped and can be white, pink, red, or purple. This flower is frequently used in making Hawai­ian wreaths or leis. It is also used in making perfume.
   Plumeria belongs to the dogbane family, and so is related to the oleander and periwinkle. The most common plant is the Plumeria rubra, which attains the height of fifteen feet. The fruit of the plumeria consists of leathery pods. Leaves are oblong, about four inches wide, and can be twelve to sixteen inches long.