Fuchsia microphylla H.B.K.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Fuchsia microphylla' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/fuchsia/fuchsia-microphylla/). Accessed 2020-09-22.



Lowest part of the carpel containing the ovules; later developing into the fruit.
Generally an elongated structure arising from the ovary bearing the stigma at its tip.
Sharply pointed.
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
Fringed with long hairs.
Protruding; pushed out.
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
Inversely lanceolate; broadest towards apex.
(botanical) All parts present and functional. Usually referring to both androecium and gynoecium of a flower.
Folded backwards.
Slightly notched at apex.
(sect.) Subdivision of a genus.
(subsp.) Taxonomic rank for a group of organisms showing the principal characters of a species but with significant definable morphological differentiation. A subspecies occurs in populations that can occupy a distinct geographical range or habitat.


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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Fuchsia microphylla' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/fuchsia/fuchsia-microphylla/). Accessed 2020-09-22.

A shrub 1 to 6 ft high in the wild, occasionally taller; young stems reddish, with curled white hairs. Leaves narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, 316 to 34 in. long, 18 to 38 in. wide, cuneate at the base, coarsely toothed in the upper half or two-thirds, margins ciliate, otherwise almost glabrous, glossy above, of leathery texture; leaf-stalk up to 14 in. long. Flowers on slender hairy stalks 14 to 12 in. long. Tube dull pale red, cylindric or very slightly widening upward, about 516 in. long, glabrous or almost so; sepals coloured like the tube, about 316 in. long, acute, spreading or slightly reflexed. Petals deep rosy pink, broad-obovate, about as long as the sepals, retuse and pleated at the apex. Ovary slightly hairy. Stamens eight, the four opposite the sepals slightly exserted. Style exserted with four white, linear spreading lobes, arranged in the form of a cross. Fruits black, globose.

A native of Central America. It is a variable species, in which five subspecies are recognised by D. E. Breedlove in Systematics of Fuchsia section Encliandra (1969). The above description is of the typical subspecies, which is common in Mexico at high altitudes, often in association with Abies religiosa, and was introduced in 1828. The description is made from a cultivated plant known to derive from wild seeds. In other forms of this subspecies the stems may be almost glabrous or the hairs brown, not white, and there is some variation in the colour of the flowers. Also, the species is gynodioecious, some plants bearing perfect flowers as described above, others female flowers only. The true F. microphylla has been so little cultivated until recently that nothing useful can be said about its hardiness, though it should survive most winters in a sheltered place.

subsp. hidalgensis (Munz) Breedlove F. minimiflora var. hidalgensis Munz – Flowers white, with reflexed sepals. Branchlets clad with golden-brown hairs. In cultivation under the name F. minimiflora.


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