Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Fuchsia boliviana Carr.
Synonyms: Fuchsia boliviana Carrière var. luxurians Johnst.
Common names: earring flower (English), fuchsia (English), fuchsia à grande feuille (Reunion (La Réunion)), fuchsia de Bolivie (French), lady's eardrops (English)
Organism type: tree, shrub
Fuchsia boliviana is a small tree that develops rapidly. In tropical regions where it has been introduced (such as La Réunion or Hawaii), this plant tends to dominate native plant species. The dense foliage of large stands of Fuchsia boliviana intercept the light limiting the development of native understory species.
Fuchsia magellanica, Fuchsia x exoniensis
natural forests, planted forests, ruderal/disturbed
Native range: South America.
Known introduced range: Widely cultivated in the tropics. Naturalised in La Réunion, Hawaii and New Zealand (PIER, 2006).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008