Marin Manzanitas have long thin leaves and very sticky fruit.
It is rare (List 1B.2) in Marin County, and perhaps unknown outside it. [California Distribution Map]
In Marin, it is found on high ridges, on rocky, brushy slopes at the borders of Bishop Pine or Redwood stands. You can find several on Bolinas Ridge Road, about ˝ a mile north of the Ridgecrest intersection, and at the top of the hill on Sir Frances Drake Blvd, above Inverness. You know you’ve found it when you touch the berry and it sticks to your hand.
Field ID Tips
· Blooms Jan – March.
· A pretty large shrub, typically around 8 feet tall.
· Leaves covered with grey hairs.
· Leaves feel rough and sticky.
· Fruit is a very sticky, bristly sphere.
· Flowers in dense clusters, grow close to the stem.
· Longer leaves than most other manzanitas.
· Tiny leaves (bracts) at the base of flowers.
· Trunk often shows twists.
Leaves almost a willow shape.
Flowers grow densely, quite close
Notice 1) long narrow leaves, 2) sticky hairs on stem and leaves, small leaves (bracts) at the base of the beginning flower.
Super sticky fruit. If you touch it, you’ll know you’ve got a Marin Manzanita.
Twisted trunk, large shrub, often grows sideways.
Last Updated 10/17/2014 by BHS.
Note to botanists – this page uses common vocabulary, sacrificing more precise scientific terms in the interest of general communication. We hope the loss of precision in wording is, to some extent, made up for by photographs showing key identification points.
Note to non-botanists – Here are some terms you might be interested in:
· Bract – Before a Manzanita flowers, it develops a distinctive pre-flower shape. In Marin, these nascent inflorescences may look like small leaves, brown scales, or red bumps. Although the flower may only bloom a few months, these pre-flower areas can be found most of the year.