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Pua Melia - Tropical Plumeria

by Sharon Mau

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Na Lei Pua Melia Aloha He ala nei e puia mai nei. He `ala nei e aheahe mai nei Na ka leo hone a na manu I lawe mai a loa`a au Ho`opumehana i ko leo There is a fragrance wafted here The sweet call of birds Brought it to find me Being warmed by your voice .... Ahe Lau Makani - by Lili`uokalani

Pua Melia (Plumeria species)
Common Name: Plumeria
Family: Apocynaceae—Dogbane Family

The beautiful fragrant Plumeria was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in the 1800's . . Plumeria’s fragrant, star-like (5-petalled) blossoms (pua melia) are among Hawaii’s most popular lei flowers.
Plumeria vary in colour, and may be white, red, pink, yellow, or many combinations of these colours. There are numerous natural and cultivated hybrids of plumeria, with many variations in the blossoms’ size, color and fragrance.
Plumeria blooms primarily from March to October, and then the tree goes dormant during the winter months depending on it's location and elevation on the island . .
. The blossoms are usually strung lengthwise through their centers using the kui pololei method when making Lei . . A standard 40-inch (100-cm) Lei requires about 45 to 55 blossoms . .
.Plumeria’s deer-antler-like branches grow readily when they are broken off and simply stuck into the ground. The milky sap of the plant is poisonous and should be avoided.
Plumeria is also known as the Temple Tree and Frangipani . .

Pua Melia
Tropical Plumeria Makawao Maui Hawaii
From my collection: Tropical Flowers of Hawaii
Photo Copyright © Sharon Mau
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Carina Povarchik commented on March 26, 2012 4:30am
Sharon Mau commented on March 26, 2012 6:29pm
. thank you Carina :))
Lisa Argyropoulos commented on March 26, 2012 6:51pm
So beautiful!
Sharon Mau commented on March 27, 2012 6:27am
. thank you Lisa :)
JUSTART * Syl * commented on March 27, 2012 9:28am
Sharon Mau commented on March 29, 2012 9:09pm
. thank you so much Syl ;))
Tyler Spangler commented on February 16, 2014 7:55pm