Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fallen Cacalloxochitl

In Hawaii we call it Plumeria. The genus was originally named Plumiera in honor of the 17th century botanist, Plumier. It is known by different names in different countries, but most commonly as Frangipani after the Italian family which made a perfume with its scent in the 16th century. It is related to Oleander and its sap is equally poisonous.

Other common names are: "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.

And, of course, "Cacalloxochitl" in Mexico.

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