CPC Plant Profile: Pajaro Manzanita
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Pajaro Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pajaroensis)

  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 153167
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 09/28/2021

Arctostaphylos pajaroensis can be found in the Pajaro River Valley in Monterey County (CA) where it prefers seaside bluffs and chaparral environments. The Pajaro Manzanita is identifiable by its red-grey bark, green-grey leaves, and light pink, urn-shaped blooms that occur from Dec – March. A key feature is a bright red tint that occurs on the leaves and branches of new growth. Historically, A. pajaroensis was found not only in the river valley but also across Santa Cruz and San Benito counties but, unfortunately, have since been pronounced extinct in those areas. Currently, A. pajaroensis is a Critically Imperiled species as of 2013 and is mainly threatened by human development and the encroachment of non-native species.

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Taxon Arctostaphylos pajaroensis
Authority J.E. Adams
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 8551
ITIS 23509
Common Names Pajaro Manzanita
Associated Scientific Names Arctostaphylos pajaroensis
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1

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