Thursday, May 21, 2015
Plumeria, the flower of the isles of Hawaii
The first plumeria plant was introduced into Hawaii in 1860. It was delivered by Wilhelm Hillebrand, a German physician and botanist who lived in Hawaii from 1851 to 1871.
An interesting tidbit, Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and really trick their moth pollinators. The moths pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.