CPC Plant Profile: La Purissima Manzanita
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La Purissima Manzanita (Arctostaphylos purissima)

Description
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 140994
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 09/22/2021

Arctostaphylos purissima has two common names: Lompoc Manzanita (named after the nearby city that this species can be found) and La Purisma (named after La Purisima Mission State Historic Park that this species more specifically resides). A. purissima can be found either as a low, spreading plant or as a tall and erect tree that can be up to 4 m tall. At La Purisima, A. purissima favors chaparral fauna and sandstone sediment and can be found in bloom for about 6 months of the year (November through May) as clusters of white blooms. There are multiple threats that encroach on this Imperiled species including military activity, wildfires, local mining, grazing, and competing non-native plants.  

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Updates
  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 2 accessions of Arctostaphylos purissima in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 626 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation (USDA-ARS) holds 1 accessions of Arctostaphylos purissima in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 398 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 3 seed accessions of Arctostaphylos purissima from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass 63 maternal plants

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Nomenclature
Taxon Arctostaphylos purissima
Authority P.V. Wells
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 44913
ITIS 183605
USDA ARPU10
Common Names La Purisima Manzanita | Lompoc Manzanita
Associated Scientific Names Arctostaphylos purissima
Distribution
State Rank
State State Rank
California S2
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