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Arctostaphylos nevadensis
pinemat manzanita

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Nevada.

Habitat: Dry forest edge and openings from middle elevations in the mountains to the subalpine.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Shrubs with spreading to decumbent stems often forming large mats or mounds, the branch tips to 2 dm. tall; bark brownish-red, stems puberulent, sometimes glandular.


Leaves oblong to spatulate, the tips acute or abruptly pointed; blades 1.5-3 cm. long, glabrous to puberulent on the margins and mid-rib, the base acute or narrowed abruptly to petioles 2-5 mm. long.


: Inflorescence a terminal, few-flowered raceme, each flower subtended by a bract about equal to the pedicel; flowers pink, about 5 mm. long; corolla urn-shaped, with 5 short lobes; stamens 10, the anthers opening by false terminal pores, each with 2 curved, reflexed, horn-like appendages; ovary superior, pubescent.


Fruit a reddish-brown, globose berry, 7-10 mm. in diameter.

Identification Notes:

The fruit is the best feature for distinguishing A. nevadensis from A. uva-ursi. The fruit of A. nevedensis is reddish with splotches of brown or black; that of A. uva-ursi is bright red. Without fruit, look at the leaf color. The leaves of A. nevadensis are bright green on both surfaces; those of A. uva-ursi are dark green on the upper surface and light green on the lower.

Accepted Name:
Arctostaphylos nevadensis A. Gray
Publication: Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 2: 27. 1878.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. nevadensis – pinemat manzanita    Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Nevada.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Arctostaphylos nevadensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Arctostaphylos nevadensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Arctostaphylos nevadensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Arctostaphylos nevadensis photos.

USDA Plants: Arctostaphylos nevadensis information.

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