Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Arctostaphylos pungens Kunth
(Pointleaf Manzanita)

Family: Ericaceae

Status: Native


Arctostaphylos pungens is a small to medium sized shrub recognized easily by the beautiful reddish bark on the larger trunks and branches, as well as the beautiful small pinkish red urn-shaped flowers that droop in clusters from the branches. It is found in middle elevation canyons, roadsides, and even on some mesas.
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Arctostaphylos pungens, photo Karen Blisard & Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Deadman Cyn.

Arctostaphylos pungens, with fruit, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Tyrone Thompson Road, July 14, 2007

Arctostaphylos pungens, closeup of flowers, photo Russ Kleinman, Black Range, Sheep Corral Cyn., March 8, 2009

Arctostaphylos pungens, DAZ herbarium, collector Tara Maline 105, March 12, 2005, Greenwood Canyon near LS Mesa

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