Cerbera manghas

Cerbera manghas

Cerbera manghas

(Native Frangipani)

FAMILY

Apocynaceae

Species

Cerbera manghas

Common name

Native Frangipani

Flower colour; life form

White, tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

A native tree, there is one growing near the Biological (DB23) Sciences walkway. It has simple, leathery, glossy green leaves and tubular flowers with broadly spreading corolla lobes, petals white with a red centre. All parts contain latex. Only one of the pair of follicles often matures, rounded about 8 cm long and 8 cm wide, with a well-defined line on one side. Infusions have been used as a fish poison. Some flowers appear to be present most of the year.