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Fuchsia arborescens
Sims, Onagraceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  yes

Common name(s): [more details]

Spanish: aretillo

Habit:  shrub

Description:  "A shrub or tree 1.5-8 meters high, glabrous throughout or nearly so, the trunk short and thick, the crown dense and rounded; leaves opposite or ternate, slender-petiolate, oblanceolate or oblanceolate-oblong, 7-20 cm long, acute or acuminate, attenuate to the base, entire or serrulate, paler beneath; flowers rose-red or red-purple, about 12 mm long, forming large and usually dense, terminal panicles; lobes of the calyx about equaling the tube, linear-oblong, obtuse, reflexed in flower; flower buds rounded or very obtuse at the apex; petals shorter than the sepals; stamens usually conspicuously exserted; fruit subglobose, as much as 1 cm in diameter when fresh, dark purple or purple-black, with a bloom" (Standley & Williams, 1963; pp. 528-529).

Habitat/ecology:  "Moist or wet, mixed forest or more often at the edge of the first or in open meadows, often in thickets, 1,300-2,900 m" [Guatemala] (Standley & Williams, 1963; pp. 528-529).

Propagation:  Not known.

Native range:  Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama (Standley & Williams, 1963; pp. 528-529).

Presence:

Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica (Republic of) native
Standley, Paul C./Williams, Louis Otho (1963) (pp. 528-529)
El Salvador
El Salvador
El Salvador (Republic of)   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (1998) (voucher ID: PTBG 26300)
Taxon name on voucher: Fuchsia arborescens Sims
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guatemala (Republic of) native
Standley, Paul C./Williams, Louis Otho (1963) (pp. 528-529)
Honduras
Honduras
Honduras (Republic of) native
Standley, Paul C./Williams, Louis Otho (1963) (pp. 528-529)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
Standley, Paul C./Williams, Louis Otho (1963) (pp. 528-529)
Panama
Panama
Panama (Republic of) native
Standley, Paul C./Williams, Louis Otho (1963) (pp. 528-529)

Comments:  Reported invasive in Tanzania (Rejmánek, 1996).


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This page was created on 16 JAN 2004 and was last updated on 18 AUG 2009.