Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monterey manzanita ~ 12/17/11 ~ Fort Ord

best guess Monterey manzanita
best guess Arctostaphylos montereyensis
CNPS 8th Edition Inventory
Ericaceae

I believe all of our local manzanitas start blooming in the winter. The above pictured plant is the first to bloom for the season that I've noticed at Fort Ord. According to Calflora, there are 120 spp./ssp. in CA, which makes ID rather challenging. This is my best guess based on the 7 recorded spp./ssp. at Fort Ord. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows how to distinguish between the different types of manzanitas.

5 comments:

Jennifer said...

Love manzanitas!

Elephant's Eye said...

Only now do I see manzanita is part of the Erica family. I see it in the flowers, but our South African ericas all have the tiny leaves expected in fynbos.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thank you, Jen and EE! I'm not sure what "fynbos" means.

phyte club katie said...

Hi Katie -- As far as I know, "fynbos" refers to the South African ecosystem that's analogous to our chaparral. Same types of adaptations to a Mediterranean climate -- fire dependency, reduced leaves, other water storage modifications, etc. Over there it's in the Cape Province, one of (if not THE) most diverse floristic regions in the world.

Okay, done nerding out! xo

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks, Katie. I'll look into it.