Lam., Encycl. 2:565 (1788) var. macrostemma (Ruiz Lopez & Pavón)Munz, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. set. 4, 25:10 (1943).
Synonymy: Fuchsia macrostemma Ruiz López & Pavón, Fl. Peruv. et Chil. 3:68 (1802).
, Fuchsia macrostema, Fuchsia magellanica
Common name: Fuchsia.
Perennial shrubs to 2 m high, much-branched with branches becoming woody, with scattered short hairs becoming glabrous; leaves usually opposite, with the petiole 0.7-1.5 cm long, with the lamina lanceolate to elliptic, 2-5 x 0.8-2 cm, acute to acuminate, cuneate, serrate-dentate, glabrous except for a few scattered hairs along the margins and the veins.
Inflorescence raceme-like, with 1-3 flowers fascicled in the axils of the leaf-like bracts; floral tube 0.8-1 cm long, somewhat swollen above the ovary where 5 nectaries are situated; sepals lanceolate, 9-15 mm long, acute or pointed, pink to red; petals obovate, 5-8 mm long, truncate, unfused but forming a cylindrical tube when expanded, a deep violet-blue; stamens with filaments scarcely broadened towards the base; anthers exserted, dorsifixed, 1.5-2 mm long; ovary inferior; style longer than the anthers, hairy, with a capitate shortly 4-lobed stigma.
Fruit a black berry with a number of seeds.
Shaded moist localities.
S.Aust.: SL. Vic.; native to Chile.
Flowering time: Dec. — May.
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