A tree reaching 13 metres. Bark loose and papery. Slender petioled, ovate-lanceolate, thin leaves 9-12 cm long. The flowers are handsome and solitary, 2-3 cm long; blue green changing to red as they mature. The berry is 1-1.5 cm long purplish black holding between 10-30 seeds.
Kotukutuku is the largest Fuchsia in the world forming a tree to 13 metres with a trunk to 0.6 metres in diameter. It is common throughout all of
The pendulous flowers of konini The female stigma sits above and away from the pollen producing anthers. The flower desires to be pollinated by another individual. and in fact adopts strategies that ensure cross pollination.
The pendulous flowers of konini
The female stigma sits above and away from the pollen producing anthers. The flower desires to be pollinated by another individual. and in fact adopts strategies that ensure cross pollination.
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“In spots less secluded from the solar rays than the general mass, I detected Fuchsia excorticata richly in flower; and what really added to the novelty and beauty of the plant is, its pendant flowers, on their first expansion, are of a bluish-green cast, which afterwards change to red; and thus the plant has at the same time flowers of two distinct colours: it forms a small tree of twelve feet in height.”
Allan Cunningham 1826 on the banks of the Cowa_cowa (Kawakawa), a branch of the Wycaddy (Waikare)
The berry is black or purple 10-12 mm long, elongated, sweet and delicious to eat. Maori named the berry Konini and on the West Coast of the
The seeds are easy to germinate, if washed clean from the berries and sown directly on top of a fine seed raising mix. They should germinate in a week or two if placed in a warm moist spot. The seedlings are quick growing. Avoid letting the young plants dry out.
I whea koe I te tahuritanga o te rau o te kotukutuku
Where were you when the leaves of the Fuchsia tree (Fuchsia excorticata) began to grow in the spring
A reproach against those who were no where to be found when the work was to be done in planting season, but who may appear at the time of harvest.
Recent observations of the New Zealand Bush