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Arctostaphylos viscida


Manzanita is a specie of shrub which grows in medirranean biome of chaparral. The bark is red and have evergreen leafs.




Traditional uses of the plant include collecting the berries, drying them, and grinding them up into a coarse meal. Fresh berries and branch tips were also soaked in water to make a refreshing cider. The younger leaves are sometimes plucked and chewed by hikers to deter thirst.[citation needed] Native Americans used Manzanita leaves as toothbrushes.

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Santa Barbara, California, USA

Spotted on Dec 18, 2011
Submitted on Dec 18, 2011

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