Plumeria rubra is a deciduous plant species belonging to the genus Plumeria. Originally native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela, it has been widely cultivated in subtropical and tropical climates worldwide and is a popular garden and park plant, as well as being used in temples and cemeteries.
Plumeria rubra reported to have anti-fertility, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hepato-protective and antimicrobial activities. It has been used in the folk medicine systems of civilizations for the treatment however as abortifacient, drastic, purgative, blennorrhagia, used in toothache and for carious teeth. Plumeria rubra (Frangipani) contains a number of medically active constituents and has been shown to be uterine stimulant, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, analgesic, antispasmodic, and hypoglycaemic. The plant contains fulvoplumierin, which has antibiotic activity and inhibits the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.