Fuchsia apiculata I.M.Johnst.
Fuchsia hvpoleuca I.M.Johnst.
Fuchsia umbrosa Benth.
Fuchsia loxensis is a scandent to mostly erect, evergreen shrub or small tree growing from 1 - 6 metres tall. It is usually densely branched[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It has great potential for use as an ornamental[
The plant is somewhat threatened by habitat destruction. It is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Ecuador.
Locally common in hedgerows, along fields and in thickets; mainly in moderately dry valleys, but also on moister slopes, at elevations from 2,000 - 3,800 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a position with some shade[
]. Prefers a moist soil[
Fuchsia species flower and fruit mainly on new wood produced in the same growing season. Any pruning, therefore, is best carried out at the start of the growing season, cutting out old wood in order to encourage vigorous new growth[
Although we have seen no specific mention of this fruit being edible, all members of this genus produce more or less edible, fleshy fruits, though the quality can vary from species to species. There are no reports of any toxicity in the fruits of this genus[
]. The red-purple, ellipsoid fruit is 13 - 18mm long, 7 - 10mm wide[
The plant is used locally as a medicine[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
] though stored seed can also be used. Surface sow the seed in a semi-shaded position in a seed tray, gently pressing the seed into the compost, and do not allow the compost to dry out[
]. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take[
Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[
Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[
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