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Which species might it be?

Posted by vetivert8 NI-NZ zone 9a (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 15, 07 at 1:16

I'm trying to identify a Fuchsia I grew from a cutting I found.

The most unusual (to me) features of the Fuchsia are these two:

the 'skirt' separates and sticks out away from the stamens; and the seed berries have four little 'horns' or bumps about a third of the way down from the berry stalk. The berries stay green for a long time then have patches of dark crimson. They are not juicy.

The plant itself is shrubby and upright to about three feet and quite slow to make new growth. It is more frost-tender than the ones which have papery bark, often being knocked right back with only three degrees of frost despite being sheltered.

It does not appear to be like 'Gartenmeister Bonstadt'. The flowers are much bigger, for one thing and its growth form is more single stems. Perhaps a little like 'Sparky'.

The flowers have an 'orange' tinge to them more than the blue-ish red. The upper ones are pale and thick-textured. The skirt is a mid-red (not 'brick')

I'm particularly looking for clues as to the species, if anyone can help.


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RE: Which species might it be?

Might the Fuchsia be Nettala? Your description matches this Fuchsia somewhat. There is a good likeness of Nettala and it's seed pod/berry on the below website.


Here is a link that might be useful: Nettala

RE: Which species might it be?

I meant to ask, this is a species for sure or might it be a hybrid? A photo would help if you have one.


RE: Which species might it be?

aftermidnight : Spot on!!!!

(After I'd posting I went out to check on the fruits and was embarrased to discover they have more more bumps than I'd noticed...)

A label is about to be attached - thanks to you.

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