The genus consists of shrubs and trees deciduous. P. rubra native to Mexico , Central America , and Venezuela , produces yellow flowers or pink depending on the type of culture. From Mexico, Plumeria has spread throughout all tropical regions of the world, particularly in Hawaii ( United States ), where it is grown so abundantly that is believed to be a native flower. It is the national flower of Nicaragua since 1971 , there is known by the Indian name of Sacuanjoche, its scientific name is Plumeria rubra f. acutifolia. In Venezuela receives the names of poppy or atapaima. In the Yucatan Peninsula , the Maya called the tree Sak Nikté or Nikté to dry and the latter name is the subject of a popular legend.