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he pua laha 'ole ke'anae melia aloha ke'anae tropical plumeria maui hawaii
by sharon mau
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- He Pua Laha 'Ole Ke'anae Melia Aloha Ke'anae Tropical Plumeria Maui Hawai'i
He pua laha ‘ole
A rare, prized blossom
Ke’anae Peninsula Maui Hawai’i
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I adore this particular variety of Plumeria, it is the most beautiful I have seen on the island. I took this image, along with several hundred others, as it was raining, a wonderful light misty gentle rain, and the soft natural colours in midday light are enchanting. I brought home a cutting for my garden. At this time I have collected five varieties of the lovely Plumeria here on Maui, and of them all, this one is my favourite. It is so beautiful.
“Plumeria, common name Frangipani; syn. Himatanthus Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.) is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas. The genus consists of mainly deciduous shrubs and trees. It produces flowers ranging from yellow to pink depending on form or cultivar. From Mexico and Central America, Plumeria has spread to all tropical areas of the world, especially Hawai`i, where it grows so abundantly that many people think that it is indigenous here.
The genus, originally spelled Plumiera, is named in honour of the seventeenth-century French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the New World documenting many plant and animal species.
The common name “Frangipani” comes from an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess of which invented a plumeria-scented perfume. In Mexico, the Nahuatl (Aztec language) name for this plant is “cacalloxochitl” which means “crow flower.” It was used for many medicinal purposes such as salves and ointments. Depending on location, many other common names exist: “Kembang Kamboja” in Indonesia, “Temple Tree” or “Champa” in India, “Kalachuchi” in the Philippines, “Araliya” or “Pansal Mal” in Sri Lanka, “Champa” in Laos, “Lantom” or “Leelaawadee” in Thai.
Many English speakers also simply use the generic name “plumeria”. In several Pacific islands, such as Tahiti, Fiji, Hawai`i, Tonga and the Cook Islands Plumeria is used for making leis. In modern Polynesian culture, it can be worn by women to indicate their relationship status – over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken. P. alba is the national flower of Nicaragua and Laos, where it is known under the local name “Sacuanjoche” (Nicaragua) and “Champa” (Laos). Information Source: Wikipedia
The beautiful Plumeria comes in a wide variety of delightful colours and bloom virtually year round.
Plumeria (Frangipani) also known as the Lei flower, is native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and Mexico.
Plumerias may grow to be large shrubs or even small trees in the Hawaiian Islands and in mild areas of the U.S on the mainland. In tropical regions, Plumeria may reach a height of 30’ to 40’ and half as wide. They have widely spaced thick succulent branches, round or pointed, long leather, fleshy leaves in clusters near the branch tips.
Plumeria are true tropical flowering trees, also known as Frangipani or the Temple Tree, and the fragrant flowers are often used to make Hawaiian leis. They may be grown in containers, in the ground, or in containers sunk in the ground.
During the months of active growth, ample sun, water and food are essential. Healthy plumeria will bloom regularly and abundantly when they receive at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day. They are heavy feeders and will bloom and grow vigorously with enough of the proper foods.
Plumeria love lots of water, but cannot tolerate wet feet, so they must be planted in fast draining soil or in beds with adequate drainage. The fragrance is wonderful with hints of jasmine.
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Sharon Mau is a fine art photographer, journalist, visual communicator
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