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Refugio Manzanita (Arctostaphylos refugioensis)

  • Global Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 141373
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/17/2019

Data for the Refugio Manzanita is outdated but from what we do know, Arctostaphylos refugioensis is an Imperiled species found in Santa Barbara County. A. refugioensis was named after where it can be found – Refugio State Beach and Refugio Pass in the Santa Ynez Mountains (north of the city of Santa Barbara, CA). This species prefers coastal sage/chaparral environments with sandstone soils where its known to grow up to 4m tall. In the winter months, December through March, clusters of white, bell-shaped blossoms occur. As mentioned, there is currently no valid data about how many natural occurrences are left but there are previously known threats to A. refugioensis that are still believed to persist today including development and road maintenance.    

Where is Refugio Manzanita (Arctostaphylos refugioensis) located in the wild?

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Refugio Manzanita can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Refugio Manzanita (Arctostaphylos refugioensis)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden holds 2 accessions of Arctostaphylos refugioensis in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 12980 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has collected 2 seed accessions of Arctostaphylos refugioensis from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass 19 maternal plants

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Taxon Arctostaphylos refugioensis
Authority Gankin
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 241
ITIS 23520
Duration Perennial
Common Names Refugio Manzanita
Associated Scientific Names Arctostaphylos refugioensis
State Rank
State State Rank
California S2
Ecological Relationships


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