Arctostaphylos purissima

P. V. Wells
Madroño 19: 195. 1968 ,.
Common names: La Purissima manzanita
EndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 434. Mentioned on page 413.

Shrubs, erect, 1–4 m; burl absent; twigs densely short-hairy with longer hairs. Leaves: petiole to 2 mm; blade bright green, shiny, orbiculate-ovate to ± orbiculate, 1–2.5 × 1–2 cm, base auriculate-clasping, margins entire, plane, surfaces smooth, glabrous. Inflorescences racemes, simple or 1–2-branched; immature inflorescence pendent, (branches dense, concealed by bracts), axis 0.5–1 cm, 1+ mm diam., densely short-hairy with longer hairs; bracts not appressed, (overlapping), leaflike, ovate to lanceolate-ovate, 5–8 mm, apex acute, surfaces glabrous. Pedicels 3–5 mm, sparsely hairy or glabrous. Flowers: corolla white, conic to urceolate; ovary glabrous. Fruits depressed-globose, 5–8 mm diam., glabrous. Stones distinct. 2n = 26.

Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Maritime chaparral on deep, sandy soils
Elevation: 0-100 m


Of conservation concern.

Arctostaphylos purissima is known from hills and mesas near the coast (Burton Mesa) in Santa Barbara County.

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Lower Taxa


... more about "Arctostaphylos purissima"
V. Thomas Parker +, Michael C. Vasey +  and Jon E. Keeley +
P. V. Wells +
La Purissima manzanita +
0-100 m +
Maritime chaparral on deep, sandy soils +
Flowering winter–early spring. +
Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
Undefined tribe Arbuteae +
Arctostaphylos purissima +
Arctostaphylos +
species +