Fuchsia magellanica Lam.


Encycl. 2: 565 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub to 3 m high; stems usually slender and arching, with scattered hairs, becoming glabrous. Leaves usually opposite, ovate-lanceolate, 2–5 cm long, 0.8–2 cm wide, denticulate, glabrous but for a few marginal hairs; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long. Flowers 1–3 in fascicles, pendulous; peduncle 2–4.5 cm long, filiform; hypanthium 7–15 mm long, pink or red; sepals lanceolate, 1.5–2.5 cm long, c. 5 mm wide, acute, pink or red; petals shorter than sepals, obovate, 10–20 mm long, 5–11 mm wide, obtuse, usually purple; stamens long-exserted, filaments slender, anthers dorsifixed; style longer than stamens, stigma 4-lobed, capitate. Berry reddish, many-seeded. Flowers Dec.–May.

*GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz. Also naturalised SA, Tas., Europe, Africa, Hawaii. Native to southern South America. Reported for the Dandenong, Otway and Strzelecki Ranges where found in fern-gullies and wet sclerophyll forests, presumably as a garden-escape.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Onagraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Onagraceae
genus Fuchsia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Fuchsia magellanica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fuchsia magellanica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales