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Mount Diablo manzanita (Arctostaphylos auriculata)

Mount Diablo manzanita (Arctostaphylos auriculata) is a rare shrub which is endemic not only to California, but to Mt. Diablo and the surrounding foothills within Contra Costa County. Its densely hairy leaves overlap each other, have lobed bases, and have a dull, silvery appearance (opposed to the bright, shiny green leaves of other manzanita species in the same range). The small, urn-shaped flowers are typically white to pale pink, although more vibrant blossoms can occasionally be found.

Mount Diablo manzanita (Arctostaphylos auriculata).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0446
Mount Diablo manzanita (Arctostaphylos auriculata), leaves and inflorescence. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Mount Diablo manzanita (Arctostaphylos auriculata).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0443
Mount Diablo manzanita (Arctostaphylos auriculata), close-up of exceptionally vibrant flowers in bloom. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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