Arctostaphylos obispoensis

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Arctostaphylos obispoensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Arctostaphylos
Species: A. obispoensis
Binomial name
Arctostaphylos obispoensis
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Arctostaphylos obispoensis is a species of manzanita known by the common names serpentine manzanita and bishop manzanita. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the southern Santa Lucia Mountains of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. It grows in the woodlands and forests of the coastal range, usually on serpentine soil. This is a shrub growing to a maximum height of at least a meter, but known to sprawl to over four meters in height. The small branches and newer leaves are woolly. The mature leaves are hairless and oblong to widely lance-shaped and up to 4.5 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a dense cluster of urn-shaped manzanita flowers. The fruit is a waxy drupe at least a centimeter wide.

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