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Remember Hawaii's Beauties, Nalani_9118

Featured Artist this day is my Texas friend Nalani. Check her Beauties out at www.flickr.com/photos/mynikonfotos/

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Plumeria (common name Frangipani; syn. Himatanthus Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.) is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas. The genus consists of mainly deciduous shrubs and trees. P. rubra (Common Frangipani, Red Frangipani), native to Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela, produces flowers ranging from yellow to pink depending on form or cultivar. From Mexico and Central America, Plumeria has spread to all tropical areas of the world, especially Hawaii, where it grows so abundantly that many people think that it is indigenous there.

 

Plumeria is related to the Oleander, Nerium oleander, and both possess poisonous, milky sap, rather similar to that of Euphorbia. Each of the separate species of Plumeria bears differently shaped leaves and their form and growth habits are also distinct. The leaves of P. alba are quite narrow and corrugated, while leaves of P. pudica have an elongated oak shape and glossy, dark green color. P. pudica is one of the everblooming types with non-deciduous, evergreen leaves. Another species that retains leaves and flowers in winter is P. obtusa; though its common name is "Singapore", it is originally from Colombia.

 

Plumeria 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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Mark Twain , USA Philosophizing Writer Quotes

Born November 30, 1835; Died April 21, 1910

 

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

 

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

 

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

 

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

 

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

 

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