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Useful Tropical Plants

Fuchsia thymifolia

Kunth

Onagraceae

+ Synonyms

Brebissonia thymifolia (Kunth) Spach

Encliandra thymifolia Lilja

Fuchsia colimae Munz

Fuchsia minimiflora Hemsl.

Fuchsia pringlei B.L.Rob. & Seaton

Lyciopsis thymifolia (Kunth) Spach

Common Name:

Fuchsia thymifolia
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: Ivo Antušek
Public domain
Fuchsia thymifolia Fuchsia thymifolia

General Information

Fuchsia thymifolia is an erect, evergreen shrub growing from 50 - 220cm tall.
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is widely grown as an ornamental, especially in warm temperate zones to higher elevations in the tropics.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

C. America - northern Guatemala to northern Mexico.

Habitat

A common shrub in the understory of Pinus, Quercus, and Abies forests from the mountains of Sinaloa and Durango, Mexico, southward to Chiapas and northern Guatemala; at elevations from 1,800 - 3,200 metres.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Plants are likely to be able to tolerate at least some frost[
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Succeeds in partial to fairly deep shade[
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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[
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The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
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Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
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0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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A gynodioecious species with some plants producing only female flowers and others producing hermaphrodite flowers. Gynodioecy occurs as a result of a genetic mutation that inhibits a hermaphroditic plant from producing pollen, while keeping the female reproductive parts intact.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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Title
Trade Winds Fruit
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
The on-line catalogue of a company selling seeds. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.
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Title
Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The purple-black, glossy, ellipsoid fruit is 5 - 15mm in diameter[
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Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
] 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[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. 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[
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Title
Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
Publication
 
Author
Sheat. W. G.
Publisher
MacMillan and Co
Year
1948
ISBN
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Description
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
,
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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