A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana)

Marble Mountains, CA.  6/2005.

“Native Americans took full advantage of the multipurpose Manzanita tree. In the winter the dried fruits were pounded into a pulp and used in drinks, while the seeds were ground into flour, pressed into a cake, and baked.  The salve was used to treat poison oak, and Manzanita wood was carved into pipes and utensils.  When the Spanish settlers and homesteaders arrived in California, they learned how to use the berries from the Indians.” — Janie Hibler:  The Berry Bible

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