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Image of Fuchsia magellanica (Chilco / Chilca / Palo blanco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fuchsia magellanica

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 400-1550 m. 01 07, 2006

 

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Species:  Fuchsia magellanica Lam.
Family:  Onagraceae Identification OK   
Order:  Myrtales
Chilean Name:  Chilco , Chilca , Palo blanco
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0306
About 2 Fuchsia in Chile and 2 in our data base.
About 45 Onagraceae in Chile and 23 in our data base.

 

Medicinal   Edible plant   
1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even  -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.   In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.     The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
Red, 4 petals      Shrub     

Average germination, 30 - 60 %   

Native    Very Frequent

Height: 2.7 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Fuchsia magellanica (Chilco / Chilca / Palo blanco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fuchsia magellanica

VII Region, Vilches Alto, El Morillo, Chile
Altitude: 1000-2000 m. 01 29, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Shrub

Flower: Red, 4 petals

Height: 2.7 m.

 

Image of Fuchsia magellanica (Chilco / Chilca / Palo blanco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fuchsia magellanica

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 400-1550 m. 01 07, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.
Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.
In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light.

 

Image of Fuchsia magellanica (Chilco / Chilca / Palo blanco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fuchsia magellanica

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 400-1550 m. 01 07, 2006

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Medicinal
Edible plant

 

 

 

Image of Fuchsia magellanica (Chilco / Chilca / Palo blanco). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fuchsia magellanica

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 400-1550 m. 01 07, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).

 

 

Average germination, 30 - 60 %

 

 

 

 

 

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More species from the same Onagraceae family in our data base:

Clarkia tenella (Sangre de toro / Inutil / Huasita)

Epilobium australe

Epilobium sp. #0383 (Epilobio)

Epilobium sp. #0384

Epilobium sp. #1288

Epilobium sp. #1480

Epilobium sp. #1572

Epilobium sp. #1579

Epilobium sp. #1586

Epilobium sp. #1675

Epilobium sp. #2397

Fuchsia lycioides (Palo de yegua / Palo falso)

Fuchsia magellanica (Chilco / Chilca / Palo blanco)

Gayophytum humile

Gayophytum micranthum

Ludwigia peploides (Duraznillo de agua)

Oenothera acaulis (Don Diego de la noche / Rodalán / Colsilla / Hierba de la apostema)

Oenothera coquimbensis

Oenothera mollissima

Oenothera rosea (Enotera rosada)

Oenothera sp. #1553

Oenothera stricta (Flor de San José / Don Diego de la noche amarillo)

Unidentified Plant sp. #2756

 

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