Arctostaphylos luciana

P. V. Wells

Leafl. W. Bot. 10: 177. 1965 ,.

Common names: Santa Lucia manzanita
EndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 431. Mentioned on page 413.

Shrubs or trees, erect, 2–3 m; burl absent; twigs sparsely short-hairy. Leaves: petiole to 2 mm; blade glaucous, dull, ovate to ± orbiculate, 2–4 × 1.5–2.5 cm, base distinctly lobed, auriculate-clasping, margins entire, plane, surfaces smooth, appressed gray-canescent to finely tomen-tose, glabrescent. Inflorescences racemes, simple or 1-branched; immature inflorescence pendent, (branches crowded, concealed by bracts), axis 0.5–1 cm, 1+ mm diam., sparsely short-hairy; bracts not appressed, leaflike, linear-lanceolate, 5–10 mm, apex acuminate, surfaces canescent. Pedicels 5–10 mm, glabrous. Flowers: corolla white, conic to urceolate; ovary glabrous. Fruits depressed-globose, 6–12 mm diam., glabrous. Stones distinct. 2n = 26.

Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Chaparral
Elevation: 300-500 m


Arctostaphylos luciana is found on siliceous shale east of Cuesta Pass in the southern Santa Lucia Mountains of San Luis Obispo County.

of conservation concern

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Lower Taxa