Plumeria rubra (frangipani)

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One of the few plants on campus that bloom in winter is frangipani. Its beautiful red flowers provide bright spots of color along the south side of the Anderson School complex, and its extremely long, thin leaves are rather distinctive, Dollase says. “The leaves are sort of whirled around the ends of the branches. So farther down on the branches, there are no leaves.” Don’t expect the heady fragrance of the plumeria flowers that you find in your Hawaiian leis — these campus blossoms have disappointingly little scent.

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