Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.
The genus, originally spelled Plumeria, is named in honor of the seventeenth-century French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the
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Pronunciation: (PLOO-mir-ee-uh, Go to this site and run your cursor over the name Plumeria to hear how it is said: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=plumeria)