Plumeria rubra forma acutifolia

The temple flower. The flower has five petals, diameter app. 5 cms, is white (although there are other varieties) and has a yellow haert. A very simple flower, but remarkably beautiful. It grows from a pot plant, but this can grow out to a tree of 10 mtrs height. You see it everywhere, on peoples’ grounds, on temple sites, along the streets, in gardens. The plant gives flowers all year round and you’ll find the flowers in women’s hair, in a basket on your table, on the side of the bath tub, on your pillow, in offerings, simply everywhere. During our visit to another botanical garden we learned that the plant originates from Central America, but we have seen it in Thailand and Laos and on the other islands as well and for us it may well be the symbol of the Balinese.

The flower is also known by the following names: Frangipani, Cempaka, Kamboja, Kemboja and in Bali as jipun [dzji:’pu:n].


In people’s hair.


Even behind the ear of the sole stone temple cyclist in Bali.


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