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Melia – (Plumeria)


Common name: Plumeria

Scientific name: Plumeria spp.

Where to Find: Cultivation only

Status: Introduced

Dozens of plumeria varieties can be found in Hawaiʻi, but none are native to the area. This plant was initially brought to Hawaiʻi in 1860 and since then it has thrived in the warm climate and volcanic soil. These plants do not produce seeds and have not naturalized in Hawaiʻi. They are only found where they are planted and cultivated. They are a popular ornamental and can frequently be found in gardens around the Hawaiian Islands. 

Did You Know?
Melia flowers are very popular for making lei, but one must be aware of the milky sap produced by the flower buds. It can cause skin irritation/rashes.