West Highland Flora

Fuchsia


Fuchsia magellanica

 

Fuchsia magellanica

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Jun 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

A garden escape that can't survive severe frost.  Quite frequent near the west coast, often isolated individuals or small groups in shady places such as stream gorges.

Flower diameter c 18-28 mm.  Leaves c 3-5 cm long.  A deciduous shrub typically 1.5-2.5 m tall.

ID: Unmistakable in flower, and very distinctive the rest of the time, similar to garden Fuchsias, with young twigs purplish-red, leaves opposite, wavy-toothed.

Other features: The highly visible red parts are the sepals, the petals are purple and shorter.  There are 4 of each, plus 8 red long-protruding stamens with purple anthers.

 

Fuchsia magellanica

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Jun 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

Fuchsia magellanica

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Jun 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Fuchsia magellanica

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
 

  Leaves and buds


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