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Arctostaphylos purissima  P. V. Wells
La purisima manzanita,   La purissima manzanita
Arctostaphylos purissima is a shrub that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
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~211 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Arctostaphylos
Family: Ericaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Chaparral
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Information about  Arctostaphylos purissima from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Distribution, Description: Distribution The plant is endemic to western Santa Barbara County, California, including in the Santa Ynez Mountains and near Lompoc and the location of Mission La Purísima Concepción. It is a plant of the Coastal sage scrub chaparral habitats, on sandstone soils. Description Arctostaphylos purissima is a shrub reaching at least 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height, and known to exceed 4 metres (13 ft) tall. It varies in shape from low and spreading to tall and erect. It is coated in long, white bristles and a dense foliage of shiny, hairless green leaves. Each leaf is round to oval in shape and smooth along the edges, and up to 2.5 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a hanging cluster of spherical to urn-shaped manzanita flowers each about half a centimeter long. The fruit is a hairless drupe between one half and one centimeter wide. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/29/2024).