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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 1/11/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 1/11/2013)
PlaceOfPublication Curtis Bot. Mag., t. 2620. 1826.
Synonym Schufia arborescens Spach, Ann. Sci. Nat., ser. 2, 4:177. 1835. Fuchsia hamellioides Mogifio & Sesse ex G. Don, Gen. Syst. 2:677. 1832, in synon. Fuchsia syringaeflora Carr., Rev. Hortic., 1873:311. 1873. Fuchsia arborea Sesse & Mogifio, P1. N. Hispan., ed. 1, 58. 1887-1890. Fuchsia arborescens var. (?) megalantha J. Donn. Smith, Bot. Gaz. 18:2. 1893. Fuchsia Liebmanni Levl., Bull. Geogr. Bot. 22:24. 1912.
Description Low shrub to tree 20 m. tall, sometimes epiphytic, glabrous or nearly so; branchlets, petioles and veins sometimes tinged with red; leaves opposite or in 3's, oblong-oblanceolate to -elliptic, acute or acuminate at both ends, paler beneath than above, entire to serrulate, the blades 3-20 cm. long, with 9-13 principal veins on each side of midrib; flowers many, crowded in corymbose panicles 5-25 cm. long and equally wide, the lower branches of the inflorescence with few reduced leaves, the upper floriferous ones with much reduced deciduous subulate bracts; pedicels reddish, slender, erect, 5-20 mm. long; floral tube tubular to funnelform, 4.5-8 mm. long, 2-3 mm. wide at summit; sepals reddish to wine- purple, linear to lance-oblong, 4.5-7 mm. long, spreading-reflexed at anthesis; petals lavender to lilac, lance-ovate, spreading, two-thirds as long as sepals; epi- sepalous stamens exceeding sepals, epipetalous somewhat shorter; stigma purplish, conic, ca. 0.5 mm. long; berry purplish, covered with blue bloom, subglobose, 7-10 mm. thick.
Habit shrub tree
Distribution At elevations of 1000-2600 m., from Mexico to Panama.
Elevation 1000-2600 m.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Robalo Trail, northern slopes of Cerro Horqueta, Allen 4965. CHIRIQUI: Volcain de Chiriqui, M. E. Davidson 955A; near Casita Aita, Volcan de Chin- qui Woodson, Allen & Seibert 840 and 797; near Bajo Chorro, Woodson, & Schery 700; valley of upper Rio Chiriqui Viejo near Monte Lirio, Seibert 246; El Boquete, Pittier 2974. Minor variants from the typical form are: forma TENUIS Munz, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci., ser. IV, 25:86. 1943, with the floral tube 5-6 mm. long, 1 mm. wide; sepals 5-6 mm. long, 1-1.5 mm. wide. Material seen from Panama: CHIRIQUI: near Casita Alta, Volcan de Chiriqui, Woodson, Allen 5 Seibert 91I; El Boquete, Maxon 50I5; Bajo Mono, Robalo Trail, Allen 4778; near Cerro Punta, Allen 3505. Forma PARVA Munz. 1. c. [Fuchsia paniculata Lindl., Gard. Chron. 1856:301. 1856.] with floral tube funnelform, 3-4 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide; sepals 3-4 mm. long, 1 mm. wide. Material seen from Panama: CHIRIQUI: trail from Bambito to Cerro Punta, Allen 3IO; Rio Chiriqui Viejo Valley between El Volcain and Cerro Punto, Gene White 4; near El Volcain, Peggy White I79; near "New Switzerland," central valley of Rio Chiriqui Viejo, Allen I35I.
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