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Otay Manzanita
(Arctostaphylos otayensis )

Otay Manzanita; Photo Copyright 2003 David Graber
Photo Copyright 2003 David Graber

Description: Evergreen shrub 3.2 - 8 feet (1-2.5 meters) tall, with smooth, dark, red bark. Stems erect having twigs with fine, dense, matted hairs. Leaves gray-green to yellow-green, oblong-almond-shaped, 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (2-3cm) long, 3/8 - 3/4 inches(1-2cm) wide, and upright. Leaf edge is smooth, and the surface is covered with a whitish, waxy or powdery film, and has fine, dense, matted hairs, to no hairs and smooth. Stomates (minute pores) can be found on both sides of the leaf. The leaf stem is 1//4 - 3/8 inches (5-8mm) long. The inflorescence is a raceme (unbranched) or panicle (branched).The flower is white to rose colored and urn-shaped. Bracts of the flower are leaf-like, narrowly spear-shaped, with a long tapered, sharp tip, and 1/4 - 1/2 inch (6-12mm) long. The stalk of the flower is finely bristly, and 1/8 - 3/8 inches(3-8mm) long. Fruit is roundish, pale brown, and 1/4 - 3/8 inches (6-8mm) in diameter.


Habitat: Volcanic rock outcrops, chaparral, woodland, dry slopes. Elevation 880 - 5440 feet.

Flowering Period: Blooms January - March.

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Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B

Field Office: Palm Springs

Last updated: 08-05-2010