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Fuchsia, tropical plant (genus Fuschia) of South America and New Zealand, named for the German botanist Leonhard Fuchs. From a few species, over 2,000 varieties have been produced, some of which can be grown out of doors. The hanging flowers have a tubular calyx that flares out into wings, and from this dangle 4 petals and a group of stamens. The word also names the reddish purple hue associated with the flowers.

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