(Arctostaphylos montereyensis )
Photo Copyright Beatrice F. Howitt California Academy of Sciences
Description: Evergreen shrub 3.2 - 6.4 feet tall, with upright stems, and finely bristly twigs. Leaves grow upward and have stems 1/8 - 1/4 inches (4-6mm) long. Leaves are round to pear-shaped, with a rounded or straight base, smooth edges, a dark green, dull, and finely bristly surface, and 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (2-3cm) long, 5/8 - 1 1/8 inches (1.5-3cm) wide. Inflorescence are dense, with leaf-like bracts. Fruit are berry-like, depressed and round, finely bristly, and 5/16 - 1/2 inch (8-12mm) wide.
Habitat: Sandy soils, chaparral. Elevation 96 - 2336 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms February - March.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B
Field Office: Hollister