By 

Trevor Strickland

Encliandras originate from Central America, where they are found high in the tropical rain forest, some 10,000 feet or more.
The name is Greek and it means "enclosed male", because only four stamens protrude beyond the rim of the tube, instead of the usual eight The other four are found within the tube itself.
Encliandra was first described as a genus by Zuccarini, in 1837. There are six species
  Fuchsia microphylla with 5 sub species. (ssp microphylla, hidalgensis, quercetotum, aprica, hemsleyana )
Fuchsia thymifolia with 2 sub species. (thymifolia, minimiflora )
Fuchsia encliandra with 2 sub species (encliandra, tetradactyla )
Fuchsia obconiaca  
Fuchsia cylindracea previously parviflora
Fuchsia ravenii  
  The hybrid Fuchsia microphylla x thymiflora is called Fuchsia x bacillaris and was much more attractive than the original species.
A number of crossings have been made between Encliandras aand Paniculated flowered Fuchsias, but these have mostly paniculate type flowers, i.e. more than four stamens showing above the rim, e.g. Edith Hall.
  Cultivation of Encliandras present little difficulty but they do like a soil based compost. They are ideally suited for small pot culture and bonsai, some will make medium sized structures, i.e. pillars. I have grown them as pillars and the growth can be as much as 5 inch a week. Berries should be left on the plants which are an added attraction. The pale colours are best grown in semi shade but the reds will take full sun.
All of them dislike high temperatures. Encliandras will flower all year round, so you should never be without Fuchsias in flower, in the greenhouse.
 
  Most known scented Fuchsias come from the Encliandra and Paniculate sections
  There are six Encliandras which are scented. they are :-
 

  F.thymifolia ( ssp minimifolia

F.thymifolia ( ssp thymifolia )

Little Catbells

James Travis

Neopolitan

Jimmy Cricket
  Hopefully more scented ones will be released, over the coming years.
Why not grow some. You will not be disappointed. Apart from the scented ones mentioned, I recommend any of the following :-
  Fiona Pitt   
  Katinka   
  Karen Isles   
  Fuksie Foetsie   
  Snowflake   
 


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Encliandra images reproduced from Wagtail Fuchsia Books
by kind permission of  K.McManus
keith.mcmanus@fuchsias-in-focus.co.uk

  Sept 1998