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Comprehensive Description

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"Notes: Western Ghats, Cultivated, Native of Tropical America"
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Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Tamil Nadu: Dindigul
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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Diagnostic

Habit: Shrub
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Ecology

Associations

Foodplant / gall
Aculops fuchsiae causes gall of red, deformed, galled leaf of Fuchsia magellanica

In Great Britain and/or Ireland:
Foodplant / saprobe
fruitbody of Basidiodendron cinereum is saprobic on dead wood of Fuchsia magellanica

Foodplant / saprobe
fruitbody of Peniophora violaceolivida is saprobic on dead bark of Fuchsia magellanica

Foodplant / parasite
intercellular spores of telium of Pucciniastrum epilobii parasitises live Fuchsia magellanica
Remarks: season: 8-10

Foodplant / open feeder
nocturnal larva of Tenthredo colon grazes on leaf of Fuchsia magellanica

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Fuchsia magellanica

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Wikipedia

Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia magellanica, the hummingbird fuchsia or hardy fuchsia, is a species of flowering plant in the family Evening Primrose family (family Onagraceae), native to the lower Southern Cone of southern South America.[1]

This species of Fuchsia occurs in temperate climate southern regions of Argentina and Chile, from latitude 32°50' S. to the Straits of Magellan. In Australia, the species is recorded as naturalised in the states of Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.[2]

Description[edit]

This sub-shrub can grow to 10 feet (3.0 m) in height and width in frost-free climates, and 4–5 feet (1.2–1.5 m) where colder. The plant blossoms profusely over a long period with many small and tubular pendent flowers, in brilliant shades of red and purple, softer shades of pink and lavender, and some in white. F. magellanica is a consistently variable species across the whole of it natural range and, despite past usage and popular misconceptions, no scientific varieties are currently recognized by botanist Dr. Paul E. Berry, the leading authority on the genus.[3] Care should be taken not to accord any of the many garden selections and hybrids with taxonomic status by using "var." Additionally, pollen stain tests conducted in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States by members of the Western Fuchsia Species Society have indicated that almost all of the many garden selections of this species are, in fact, hybrids to a lesser or greater degree.

Cultivation[edit]

Fuchsia magellanica, and its cultivars and hybrids, are widely cultivated by plant nurseries and gardeners as an ornamental plant. It s used for planting in temperate and subtropical gardens and within conservatories, and for containers on patios, balconies, and sunny houseplant positions.

The plants are quite cold-hardy compared to other species from more tropical climates, being deciduous where frosts are light, and only top die back in hard frosts (with mulching). The profuse drooping flowers are a nectar source attractive to hummingbirds.[4]

This species, and hybrids using it as parent stock, are very susceptible to the fuchsia gall mite, Aculops fuchsiae, a serious disfiguring pest that was first accidentally spread from its native Brazil to the West Coast of the United States in 1980. It has more recently made appearances in France (2003), the Channel Islands (2006) and the United Kingdom (2007). Fortunately the fuchsia gall mite doesn't readily survive temperatures under 40°F (5°C) and there are effective treatments and strategies to combat its appearance.[5]

Cultivars[edit]

Cultivars of Fuchsia magellanica include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ USDA
  2. ^ "Fuchsia magellanica Lam.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ Paul E. Berry. “A Systematic Revision of Fuchsia Sect. Quelusia (Onagraceae).” Annuals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 1989, Vol. 76, No. 2, pp. 532-584.
  4. ^ "Sunset Western Garden Book" - Fuchsia magellanica entry; Lane Publishing; 7th edition 2001.
  5. ^ http://www.americanfuchsiasociety.org/fuchsiaarticles/fuchsiagallmite4-2004.html
  • Berry, Paul E. "A Systematic Revision of Fuchsia Sect Quelusia (Onagraceae". Ann. Missouri Bot Gard. 76:532-584. 1989.
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