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  Fuchsia regia
  Citation:  Fuchsia regia (Vand. ex Vell.) Munz, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 4, 25: 13. 1943. Quelusia regia Vand. ex Vell., Fl. Flumin. 149. 1829.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Fuchsia
  Description: Erect to generally scandent or climbing shrubs to 4 m tall; branchlets wine purple, glabrous to puberulent, rarely densely pilose. Leaves opposite, or in whorls of 3, 4, or rarely 5, firmly membranous to coriaceous, (narrowly) elliptic-ovate to ovate, 3-14 x 1-6 cm, apex acute to acuminate, base acute to rounded, glabrous to pilose on both surfaces; margin entire to gland-serrate, secondary veins 4-10 per side; petioles 3-4 cm long; stipules triangular, membranous to thick-stubby, 0.8-3 mm long, 0.4-3 mm wide, adjacent ones sometimes fused, usually recurved. Flowers solitary or rarely in pairs in upper leafaxils; pedicels pendulous, 1-4 cm long, usually wine red. Ovary oblong, 5-12 mm long; floral tube cylindrical-fusiform, glabrous to puberulent or pilose outside. Sepals 2-4 cm long, connate at the base and free above, lobes 3-9 mm wide at base, spreading to recurved or reflexed at anthesis; tube and sepals red or rose. Petals purple, obovate to spathulate, 1-2 cm long. Filaments red-purple; anthers oblong, purplish, 2-5 mm long, 1-2 mm wide. Style glabrous to pubescent; stigma clavate, exserted beyond the anthers. Berry oblong, ellipsoid or globose, 10-27 mm long, 9-13 mm thick, dark purple when ripe; seeds oblong to narrowly triangular, laterally compressed, 1.6-2.5 mm long, 1-1.6 mm wide.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-
  District(s): Idukki, Wayanad
  Habitat: Introduced as garden plant, now running wild along the roadsides and scrub jungles in the high ranges
  Distribution: Native of South America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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