A subspecies of the Raven’s Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hookeri) is the Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. Hookeri, the Monterey Manzanita that is endemic to the Monterey Bay area. Unlike A. hookeri, A. h. Hookeri has a longer blooming period (January - June) has a smaller range of where it can be found. As the common name implies, it can be found along the southern coast of Monterey Bay among coastal scrub and woodlands. While A. hookeri is only Vulnerable, the Monterey Manzanita is currently classified as Imperiled with less than 20 occurrences left in its native habitat. Current threats specific to this species include agricultural development.
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A. h. ssp. hookeri can be found among Monterey Bay's chaparral, coastal scrub, pine forest, and foothill woodland communities.
The Monterey manzanita have a beneficial relationship with local pollinators including native bees and hummingbirds.
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