Plumeria hypoleuca angustifolia Gasp.
Plumeria revolutifolia Stokes
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: dalbera
Plumeria alba is a somewhat succulent, evergreen shrub or a tree that does not have a true crown of foliage, but forms a somewhat vase-shape with a few stout, soft and brittle erect branches ending in clusters of crowded, spreading leaves; it can grow 3 - 8 metres tall. The bole can be 10cm in diameter[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. A very ornamental plant, with clusters of showy and intensely fragrant, tubular and spreading, waxy, white flowers[
Caribbean - Windward Islands to Puerto Rico.
Coastal thickets and limestone forests at low elevations and ascending to lower montne areas[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to partial shade[
]. Succeeds in a range of soils so long as they are well-drained[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
The branches are rather soft and brittle and can break, but are usually sturdy unless they are mechanically hit or disturbed[
A slow-growing plant, though it flowers at an early age[
Plants flower and produce fruit all year round in Puerto Rico[
The root bark is depurative and purgative, causing thirst. It is used in the treatment of blennorrhagia, herpes and syphilis[
The root bark is used externally as a lotion on syphilitic ulcers, administered as powder macerated in sugar-water, wine or beer[
The latex from the stem is caustic. It is used for treating ulcers, dartre (skin diseases) and scabies[
The flowers are bitter and caustic. They are an ingredient in a complex pectoral syrup for treating chest coughs and grippe[
The seeds are used in the treatment of dysentery (bloody flux)[
A white latex exudes abundantly from areas of damage on the plant[
]. It is used medicinally.
The light brown wood is hard, heavy, and tough. It is used in carpentry where the tree grows to sufficient size[
The wood is used for fuel[
Large hardwood cuttings should be allowed to dry several days while leafy tip cuttings should be planted immediately[
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