Plumeria sp. Pidgin; White frangipani, Kuanua; Pupua na pegipegi, English; White Frangipani.
The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas and grows to about 15 to 25 feet. The White frangipani’s flowers have a yellow center and five white petals arranged in a spiral.
Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers yield no nectar, however, and simply trick their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar. Insects or human pollination can help create new varieties of plumeria. Plumeria trees from cross pollinated seeds may show characteristics of the mother tree or their flowers might just have a totally new look.
Wherever Plumeria rubra may be found in the world, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind inhabiting the same climate. P. rubra are native to Mexico and Central America but they have spread all over the world to tropical climates like the South Pacific, Australia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico. The closer to the equator the better for these plants.
Flowers suppose to be source of perfume known as “Frangipiani.”
– Bark contains a bitter glucoside, plumierid (2%).
– Latex contains resins, caoutchouc and calcium salts of plumieric acid: cerotinic acid and lupeol.
– Leaves contain a volatile oil.
– Phytochemical screening of methanol extract yielded steroids, flavanoids, tannins, alkaloids, and glycosides.
– Powdered leaf yielded alkaloids, cyanogenic glycosides, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, terpenoids, tannins, and saponins.
It is cultivated worldwide and sometimes naturalized in other tropical regions. In its native habitat, it is found at elevations of 100–1,600 m (330–5,250 ft), where it flowers and fruits throughout the year. It is winter hardy to USDA zones 10-11
Traditional Medicinal Uses
The White Frangipani is only recommended for this process.
Slightly cut any side of White petal frangipani tree and collect White dripping sap from its bark into a bottle/cup and drink to assist with a quick recovery from injury. Make sure the solution colour should be milky white and should have a bitter taste before you drink.
Repeat this step each day and you should experience a quick recovery from any broken bone.
This herbal medicine is a must for injured sportsmen/sportswomen suffering from broken bones and not for body muscles or tendons issues.
Though skin contact with the milky sap may also cause skin irritation, burning, itching, rash and allergy to certain people, the sap assists with restructuring of broken bones in the body.