Aug 312016
 
Fuchsia magellanica seedling
Fuchsia magellanica seedling

Fuchsia magellanica seedling

Fuchsia magellanica produces sweet, juicy fruits containing multiple seed. These are often dispersed by birds that are partial to the fruit. From subsequent droppings chance seedlings are occasionally seen in cultivated areas, more so in the warmer and wetter west coast gardens. This seedling in the attached image is growing from the mortar joint in the brick base of a nursery glasshouse. It probably arose from a bird having wiped its beak on the corner of the wall before taking a drink in the gutter. A healthy plant obtaining nutrients and moisture from the brickwork and its joints.