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Santa Lucia Manzanita
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Arctostaphylos luciana

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About Santa Lucia Manzanita (Arctostaphylos luciana) Arctostaphylos luciana is a species of manzanita known by the common name Santa Lucia manzanita, is endemic to California. . The woody plant is endemic to the southern Santa Lucia Mountains, in San Luis Obispo County. It grows in coastal sage scrub chaparral habitats, on shale outcrops and slopes, from 100-800 metres (330-2,620 ft) in elevation. It is found growing on ocean facing slopes in the upper boundary of the marine layer. Arctostaphylos luciana is a shrub or small multi-trunked tree growing 2-3 metres (6. 6-9. 8 ft) in height. Its leaves are glaucous-gray, waxy and woolly to smooth and hairless, with smooth edges. They are base lobed (ariculate), rounded to oval in shape, 1. 5-2. 5 centimetres (0. 59-0. 98 in) wide and 2-4 centimetres (0. 79-1. 57 in) long. The inflorescence is a cluster of pink and white, hairless, urn-shaped and downward facing "manzanita" flowers. The bloom period is from February to March. The fruit is a red to green-red drupe, up to 1. 2 centimetres (0. 47 in) wide. The species is listed on the California Native Plant Society Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants as a fairly endangered and vulnerable species. Some populations are protected within the southern Cuesta Ridge Botanical Special Interest Area of the Los Padres National Forest.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
6.6 - 9.8 ft (2 - 3 m)


Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
531' - 2742'

Annual Precip. ?
15.7" - 35.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.28" - 0.43"

Coldest Month ?
40.8° F - 48.9° F

Hottest Month ?
70.0° F - 76.1° F

Humidity ?
0.60 vpd - 23.93 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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