Plumeria or Frangipani

are the two common English names for this beautiful tropical flowering shrub or small tree that comes in white, pink or red varieties. This white one that I pass on my walks to town one website called the “Plumeria rubra var. acutifolia.”

When I lived in West Africa it was called Frangipani by both English and French speakers and by most tribal languages. In Spanish, frangipanis are also referred to as alhelí, alhelí cimarrón, and suche, though in Costa Rica they are called frangipani, plumeria, juche or cacalojoche. Every Central American country seems to have a different name! 🙂

Here’s 2 photos of the one at a house on 8th Avenue in Atenas . . .

Plumeria or Frangipani Tropical Flowers, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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