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Gabilan Mountains Manzanita
Arctostaphylos gabilanensis
About Gabilan Mountains Manzanita (Arctostaphylos gabilanensis) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Arctostaphylos gabilanensis is a rare species of manzanita known by the common name Gabilan manzanita. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from two disjunct populations in the Gabilan Range on the border between Monterey and San Benito Counties. It was described to science in 2004 from the type specimen collected near Fremont Peak in 2002. The plant can be found in chaparral habitat. The plant is considered vulnerable because it is rare, with one population containing about 30 individuals and the other spanning about 1000 hectares but widely spaced. Arctostaphylos gabilanensis is an erect shrub reaching a bushlike one meter to a treelike five meters in height. It is coated in medium or dark red bark, the small twigs with fuzzy hairs. The waxy gray-green leaves are up to 3. 5 centimeters long by 2. 4 wide. The blades are oval and auriculate (with an earlobe-shaped lobe on either side of the petiole). The inflorescence is a panicle of white or pink conical or urn-shaped flowers each 6 to 8 centimeters long. The fruit is a spherical reddish-brown drupe 1 to 1. 5 centimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 - 3.3 ft tall


Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 16.6" - 29.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.26" - 0.43", Coldest Month: 43.5" - 47.7", Hottest Month: 67.7" - 72.2", Humidity: 1.79" - 20.76", Elevation: 1254" - 3006"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Gabilan Manzanita

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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