Fagraea berteriana

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Pua keni keni
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Fagraea
Species: F. berteriana
Binomial name
Fagraea berteriana
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Fagraea berteriana (sometimes as F. berteroana), commonly known as the pua keni keni, pua kenikeni or perfume flower tree, is a small spreading tree or a large shrub which grows in the sub-tropics, where temperatures are 10°C or more. It is indigenous to the Samoa Islands where it is known as the pua-lulu and occurs from New Caledonia to eastern Polynesia.[1]

Description[edit]

The plant has quad-angular branches, blunt tipped leaves, and fragrant 7 cm tubular shaped flowers of creamy white, which become yellow with time.

Cultural use[edit]

The flowers are popular for making lei. The tree's name, in Hawaiian, means "ten cent flower," referring to the sale price for a lei made from them in the past.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whistler, W. Arthur (1978). "Vegetation of the montane region of Savai'i" (PDF). Pacific Science. University Press of Hawai'i. 32 (1): 89. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  • Pukui & Elbert, Hawaiian dictionary