Common Names: Red Frangipani, Pagoda tree, Temple tree
Flowering Period: November – April
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Red Frangipani grows as a spreading shrub or small tree up to a height of 2-8 m and similar width. It has a thick fleshy trunk and sausage-like blunt branches covered with a thin grey bark.
The branches are somewhat brittle and when broken, ooze a white latex that can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes.
The large green leaves can reach 30-50 cm long and are arranged alternately and clustered at the end of the branches. They are deciduous, falling in the cooler months of the year.
The flowers are at branch-ends, appearing at the ends of branches over the summer. Often profuse and very prominent, they are strongly fragrant, and have five petals.
The colours range from the common pink to white with shades of yellow in the centre of the flower. Initially tubular before opening out, the flowers are 5-7.5 cm in diameter, and only rarely go on to produce seed – 20-60 winged seeds are contained in a 17.5 cm pod.
It is used as an ornamental tree.
Bark is used as a stimulant, in decoction used as a
Latex rubefacient and purgative; useful in treatments for itch, rheumatism, and gum troubles.
Wood used for making drums and other musical instruments supposed to be free from termites.