Schooner Roseway, St. Croix, USVI
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View of Buck Island from East End, St. Croix, USVI

Frangipani ( Plumeria rubra, Plumeria acutfolia )

These beautiful flowers are most commonly seen as white with a diffused yellow center, or bright pink with a yellow to orange center. The flowers grow singly or clustered among narrow to broadly elliptical leaves. The basic branching pattern of a frangipani look like ‘Y’s. Today, the Frangipani is mostly used for ornamental purposes, though traditionally the milky sap was applied to fresh wounds as a disinfectant. However, it is usually noted that plants containing a milky sap are dangerous and should not be touched, and definitely not eaten.