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Bolinas Manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata)

  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 156697
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/17/2019

Arctostaphylos virgata is also known by two common names inspired by the areas that this species can be found: Bolinas Manzanita & Marin Manzanita. A. virgata has a wide preference for different fauna including chaparral, mixed evergreen forest, redwoods, and closed-cone pine forest at elevations ranging from sea level up to 700m. In Marin County (north of San Francisco), there are less than 20 natural occurrences left across different national reserves including Bolinas Ridge, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Muir Woods. They are identifiable by their white blossoms (Jan – March), deep red bark, and their erect, tree-like structures known to grow as tall as 5 meters. A. virgata is an Imperiled species that faces ongoing threats including fire suppression and road development.   

Where is Bolinas Manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata) located in the wild?

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Bolinas Manzanita can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Bolinas Manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata)?

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, California Botanic Garden holds 1 accessions of Arctostaphylos virgata in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 789 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

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Taxon Arctostaphylos virgata
Authority Eastw.
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 257
ITIS 23531
Duration Perennial
Common Names Bolinas Manzanita | Marin Manzanita
Associated Scientific Names Arctostaphylos virgata | Arctostaphylos columbiana var. virgata | Arctostaphylos glandulosa var. virgata
State Rank
State State Rank
California S2
Ecological Relationships


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