Fuchsia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial shrubs (rarely vines). Leaves usually opposite, simple, entire or toothed; stipules small, usually caducous. Inflorescences racemose, paniculate or flowers solitary and axillary; bracts leaf-like. Flowers usually actinomorphic; hypanthium usually much prolonged; sepals 4, petaloid, caducous; petals 4; stamens 8; ovary 4-celled. Fruit a pendulous berry, indehiscent; seeds few to numerous.

About 100 species, mainly from Central and South America, but also New Zealand and Tahiti; 1 species naturalised in south-eastern Australia.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Onagraceae
Higher taxa
genus Fuchsia
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