Frangipani

Plumeria (common name Frangipani) is a small genus native to subtropical and tropical Mexico and Central America. Plumeria has Frangipani stampsspread to all tropical areas of the world, especially Hawaii, the South Pacific, India and as far as Eastern Af
Frangipani
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Description


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Plumeria (common name Frangipani) is a small genus native to subtropical and tropical Mexico and Central America. Plumeria has altspread to all tropical areas of the world, especially Hawaii, the South Pacific, India and as far as Eastern Africa. The genus, originally spelled Plumiera, is named in honour of the seventeenth-century French botanist Charles Plumier  who traveled to the New World documenting many plant and animal species. The common name "Frangipani" comes from the Marquess of a 16th century Italian noble family, who invented a plumeria-scented perfume.

Plumeria is generally a medium-sized tree growing to about 10M high. Its broad, usually round-headed canopy is often as wide as the tree is tall. The species and hybrids vary in tree size, compactness, branching character, leaf and flower size and colour, and deciduousness. In deciduous types the altleaves fall during wintertime while hybrids tend to retain their foliage year-round. The flowers expand into a “pinwheel” of five petals and may be white, red, yellow, pink, or multiple colors. The hybrids differ in their profusion of blooms, with some producing more than 200 flowers per cluster and others only 50–60 flowers. The trees grow easily in hot, dry areas and are usually found from sea level to 700M elevation, but require full sun and grow best in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. They have moderate wind resistance and salt tolerance and reach maturity in about five years.


Plumeria possesses poisonous, milky sap and its flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.


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In the Pacific Islands, Plumeria is used for making leis and in modern Polynesian culture, the flower is often worn by women to indicate their relationship status - over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left, if not available. In Vanuatu the flower is popular for decoration and is used for beauty products.


Denominations
90, 100, 130, and 150 vatu
Designer
Sue Wickison, Wellington, New Zealand
Mini Sheet size
2 panes of 25 stamps per sheet
Paper
Tullis Russell Non Phosphor gummed stamp paper 104gsm
Period of Sale
14 May 2009 for a period of 2 years
Printer
Southern Colour Print, Christchurch, New Zealand
Process
Offset lithography
Stamp Size
Four horizontal, 48.0mm x 24.28mm incl. blue vertical bars
Frangipani
Mint Set
FDC Set

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