Frangipani

Frangipani - Plumeria rubra
Frangipani - Plumeria rubra

Rich, heady, exotic, deeply floral. Used in high-class perfumery. Said to be the favourite flower of Lord Krishna. Mentioned in chapter 4 of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray:

“I am afraid I must be going,” exclaimed Lady Henry, breaking an awkward silence with her silly sudden laugh. “I have promised to drive with the duchess. Good-bye, Mr. Gray. Good-bye, Harry. You are dining out, I suppose? So am I. Perhaps I shall see you at Lady Thornbury’s.”

“I dare say, my dear,” said Lord Henry, shutting the door behind her as, looking like a bird of paradise that had been out all night in the rain, she flitted out of the room, leaving a faint odour of frangipanni. Then he lit a cigarette and flung himself down on the sofa.

Botanical name: Plumeria rubra