Epilobium canum (Greene) P.H. Raven ssp. latifolium (Hook.) P.H. Raven
California fuchsia, hummingbird trumpet
Kingdom Plantae Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
Subclass Rosidae Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
Order Myrtales Includes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
Family Onagraceae Willowherb/evening primrose family
Genus Epilobium From Greek epi, “upon,” and lobos, “a pod or capsule,” because the flower is attached directly to the ovary
Species canum “Ash-colored, gray, hoary”
ssp. latifolium “Having wide leaves”
About plant names...
California fuschias are natives to California, with this variety found in several nearby states as well.
Prized by people and hummingbirds alike for their flowers, they are available from many growers.
They can spread quickly and are sometimes considered
invasive. They are members of the evening primrose family.
Identification: Plants are 18-24" (45-60 cm) high. Most are scarlet red,
though some are dark red. There are several closely related species, but this is the only one that
occurs outside of California. Online References:
at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
on CalPhotos Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
on Desert-tropicals.com Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
at the Theodore Payne Foundation Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
on Turner Photographics' Wildflowers site Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
on Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
at the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council’s Plant of the Month site Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium Older scientific names
(Greene) P.H. Raven var. latifolium (Hook.) N.H. Holmgren & P.K. Holmgren
C. Presl ssp. latifolia (Hook.) D.D. Keck
(Hook.) Greene var. arizonica (Davidson) Hilend
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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5/22/2009 · Red Rock Loop, Arizona
≈ 2½ × 3" (6.3 × 8.2 cm) ID is uncertain
6/3/2009 · Zion National Park, Utah
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)
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