Plumeria obtusa

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Plumeria obtusa
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Leaves in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Plumeria
Species: P. obtusa
Binomial name
Plumeria obtusa

Plumeria obtusa, the Singapore graveyard flower,[2] is a species of the genus Plumeria (Apocynaceae). It is native to the West Indies including Bahamas; southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Florida.[3][4] but widely cultivated for its ornamental and fragrant flowers around the world, where suitably warm climate exists. It is reportedly naturalized in China.[5][6]


The large shrub grows from 5-10m tall (c.12–25 ft)[5][7]


Plumeria obtusa is native to the Greater Antilles, Florida, northern Central America and southern Mexico.[4] Cultivation is common in warmer parts of the world, including Southeast Asia.

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This plant is commonly used as an ornamental, grown for its flowers. In Cambodia the flowers are used to make necklaces and in offerings to the deities.[5] In traditional medicine used in that country, a decoction of the bark is given in varying doses as a purgative or as a remedy against oedemas.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Plumeria obtusa". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ a b "Plumeria obtusa". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d Dy Phon Pauline, 2000, Plants Used In Cambodia, printed by Imprimierie Olympic, Phnom Penh
  6. ^ Flora of China Vol. 16 Page 154 钝叶鸡蛋花 dun ye ji dan hua Plumeria obtusa Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 210. 1753.
  7. ^ Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.