Arctostaphylos purissima

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Arctostaphylos purissima
Arctostaphylos purissima - Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley, CA - DSC04564.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Arctostaphylos
Species: A. purissima
Binomial name
Arctostaphylos purissima
P.V.Wells

Arctostaphylos purissima is a species of manzanita known by the common name La Purisima manzanita.

Distribution[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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