Botanical name: Plumeria alba | Hindi: चम्पा | Marathi: चाफा
The Champa, or White Frangipani (Plumeria alba), is a tropical tree reaching 8-10 meters tall. Its thick, fleshy branches support large, glossy, obovate leaves that may be evergreen or deciduous depending on climate. The star-shaped, white blooms, with five fleshy petals and a central yellow throat, are intensely fragrant and bloom throughout the year. The fruit consists of two long, slender pods containing winged seeds.
Anandvan Trivia Quiz
Question 1: Pick a fallen flower and smell it! Why am I a symbol of immortality?
Answer: Champa’s association with immortality stems from several interwoven ideas. Its fragrant flowers bloom year-round, defying seasonal death and symbolizing eternal life. In some cultures, its milky white petals resemble the moon, a celestial body often associated with immortality in mythology. Additionally, its sturdy branches and long lifespan, reaching over a century, suggest resilience and enduring spirit. Finally, its use in religious offerings and ceremonies connecting to the divine realm further strengthens the link to immortality. While not universally recognized as a symbol of immortality, Champa’s unique characteristics have earned it this association in various cultures and traditions.