Arctostaphylos refugioensis

Wildflowers Dicots Eudicots Asterids Ericales Ericaceae Arctostaphylos

Arctostaphylos refugioensis flowersRefugio manzanita

Observed in full flower at the end of January, almost done 9 days later in February. Seen around Gaviota Peak and thence along El Camino Cielo to Refugio Rd. Much of this area was burned by the Gaviota Fire in 2004 so most of the plants were only 10 years old. This is a CNPS 1B2 ranked plant (which means rare because of limited range).

This species will grow into a large bush about 2 meters tall, but because of the recent fire most of the plants I saw were only about 1 meter high. This species does not regenerate from root burls but regrows from seed.

Arctostaphylos refugioensis plant
Old plant

Arctostaphylos refugioensis young plant
10 year old plant

Arctostaphylos refugioensis fruits

Arctostaphylos refugioensis fruit

Arctostaphylos refugioensis flowers

Arctostaphylos refugioensis flowers

Arctostaphylos refugioensis pink flowers
One plant had pink flowers

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