Frangipani

(Plumeria Rubra, Plumeria Alba)

     In patois, this tree is called Bois Couleuvre, or Snake Tree. Different frangipani varieties can be found on the island and can take the form of bushes or small knotty trees. Native to tropical America and the Antilles, its bare branches spread out horizontally and give way, during the flowering season, to pointed waxy leaves and yellow, red or white flowers whose scent recalls the delicate fragrance of jasmine. This tree is resistant to wind and sea mist. Its sap is toxic and is sometimes used to burn worms, but its flowers are edible and are sometimes used in making desserts and jams.