Plumeria with peach color flowers
Plumeria rubra

Common on the north coast and less so inland. Possibly native to Colombia. Photographed in Barranquilla and Cali. Shown below are the colors I have seen to date, which is well short of all the fantasy colors you would find in Hawaii. Living in the tropics is great as I get to enjoy the scent of Plumeria almost everyday. Unfortunately, the scent also reminds me of a frightening moment. It was late at night and the streets were empty as I made my way down the sidewalks of the commercial district. The cooling breeze off the Caribbean coast was bringing me the favorable scent of a large Plumeria as I approached the dark corner of an old, overgrown residential mansion. I was enjoying the perfume and comfortable temperature of my late walk with barley a flicker of concern for my safety when an unmistakable break in the silence brought a chill to my back. This was not the sounds of leaves fluttering in the trees. I knew I was being stalked. I knew I had to be careful with every impending moment or pay the consequence from one or more attackers. I tried to listen to the distance of the approaching danger while wondering whether to fight back or run. But I knew running would only delay the inevitable. The more I thought the more I realized I was wasting precious time to act. I quickly turned around to challenge my predator when I felt a sharp pain on my neckā€¦ it was too late. As I brought my hand up in defense I realized that the futility of a strike would not erase the pain that I would have to endure. I was defeated. A walk in the dark was met by those that prey in the night. I had no one to blame accept for myself. I had lost, and the blood-thirsty Colombian mosquito had won.

Plumeria flowers with a red, pink and yellow in sunlight
White with yellow center plumeria flowers
Plumeria with yellow flowers with a dash of white
Plumeria rubra white flowers with a dash of red and yellow centers
Yellow plumeria with white edges
Pink plumerias with reddish and yellowish centers
Yellow plumeria flowers with dashes of white
Custer of yellow plumerias with white edges