The native or wild frangipani has a smooth bark and long slender
leaves. It produces a pleasant aromatic flower that is always white.
year their leaves are eaten by a beautiful, large, black and yellow
caterpillar with a red head. They are called frangipani caterpillars,
and they metamorphisize to a big dark moth called the sphinx moth.
The tree survives and grows new leaves.
imported relative, Plumeria rubra, may have pink or white flowers.
It has soft fat twigs that serve to hold water during dry periods.