Fuchsia boliviana Carrière

Erect shrubs to about 5 m tall with arching to pendulous branches. Young shoots white-hairy and becoming hollow. Leaves opposite, in 3s or alternate towards branch tips, ovate to elliptic,mostly 5-20 cm long, 4-12 cm wide. Flower clusters elongate and drooping. Flowers mostly scarlet with the sepals bent backwards after flowering. Petals ridged, soon shed. Fruits ellipsoid to cylindrical, dark purple. Syn. F. boliviana var. luxurians, F. corymbiflora misapplied.

F. corymbiflora Ruiz &Pav. from the Andean cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru is a name under which many plants now known as F. boliviana were formerly placed in horticulture. F. corymbiflora has soft, velvety opposite leaves, terminal flower clusters of slender red flowers with short stalks and round, red fruits.

S America from N Argentina to S Peru.

Source: Waldron, M.; Spencer, R. (2002). Fuchsia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba'

Flowers with tube white, petals red.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Onagraceae
genus        Fuchsia L.