The fuchsia is an ornamental, chiefly tropical shrub widely cultivated for its showy and drooping purplish, reddish, or white flowers. It is a genus of the evening primrose family, with more than seventy species native to tropical America and several to New Zealand and Tahiti. The flowers are bell-shaped, with stamens extending beyond the petals. They come into life in small clusters or singly, and mature into berries. Fuchsias are grown as potted plants or in hanging baskets in temperate regions and as shrubs and trees in warmer regions. They do better in warm, humid climates, and they cease to flower when the length of daylight is less than twelve hours.
   These plants were first introduced into Europe by the German physician and botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566), a professor of medicine at the University of Tubingen. His famous work De historia stirpium discussed medicinal plants and became a standard text. In 1703, many years after Fuchs's death, the plant was named fuchsia by the French botanist Charles Plumier.
   Fuchsin or fuchsine is a purplish-red aniline dye.

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  • Fuchsia —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Fuchsia (couleur) .  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fuchsia — [ fyʃja; fyksja ] n. m. • 1693; de Fuchs, botaniste bavarois du XVIe s. ♦ Arbrisseau d origine chilienne (œnothéracées), aux fleurs pourpres, roses, en clochettes pendantes, cultivé comme plante ornementale. Rose fuchsia ou fuchsia : couleur des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fúchsia — |cs| adj. 2 g. 2 núm. s. f. s. m. O mesmo que fúcsia.   ‣ Etimologia: latim científico Fuchsia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • fuchsia — [fyo͞o′shə] n. [ModL, so named by LINNAEUS Carolus after L. Fuchs (1501 66), Ger botanist] 1. any of a genus (Fuchsia) of shrubby plants of the evening primrose family, usually with pink, red, or purple flowers hanging from the ends of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Fuchsia — Fuch si*a, n.; pl. E. {Fuchsias}, L. {Fuchsi[ae]}. [NL. Named after Leonard Fuchs, a German botanist.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of flowering plants having elegant drooping flowers, with four sepals, four petals, eight stamens, and a single pistil. They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fuchsĭa — (F. L.), nach Fuchs 1) genannte Pflanzengattung aus der Familie Oenothereae Fuchsicae, 8. Kl. 1. Ordn. L.; Arten: F. coccinea, zierlicher Strauch mit scharlachrothem großem Kelch, kleiner violetter Blumenkrone, roth geaderten Blättern, in… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Fuchsĭa — L., Gattung der Onagrazeen, Sträucher oder kleine Bäume, seltener kletternd, mit einfachen, gegenständigen oder zu drei und vier quirlständigen Blättern, einzeln oder gehäuft in den Blattachseln oder in Trauben, seltener in Rispen geordneten,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Fuchsia — Fuchsĭa L., Fuchsie, Pflanzengattg. der Onagrazeen, heimisch in Süd und Mittelamerika und Neuseeland, schön und reich blühende, leicht zu kultivierende Zierpflanzen, in vielen Spielarten aus den eingeführten Arten F. coccinĕa Ait., F. fulgens Ldl …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Fuchsia — Fuchsia, Fuchsie, eine eben so beliebte als allgemein verbreitete Zierpflanzengattung aus der Familie der Nachtkerzenblütler (Oenotheraceae) und nach Linné in die Octandria Monogynia gehörig. Die Arten sind alle sehr zierliche Sträucher aus… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • fuchsia — red color, 1923, from the ornamental shrub, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of German botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501 1566). Not related to L. fucus seaweed, sea wrack, tangle, which also gave its name to a red color prepared from it.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fuchsia — the plant, is correctly spelt this way (after the 16c German botanist Leonhard Fuchs), not fuschia, although this is sometimes erroneously used (and encouraged by the word s pronunciation, fyoo shǝ) …   Modern English usage