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  IMG_2434.JPG - It was a Whiteleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos viscida). Whiteleaf manzanita is a dominant or codominant chaparral species. It is useless as livestock browse but is a valuable source of food for wildlife.  Various chaparral animals including black bear, coyote, dusky-footed woodrat, and brush rabbit eat manzanitafruits.  Birds such as Merriam's turkey, dusky grouse, and band-tailed pigeon also consume the fruits.  Black-tailed deer sometimes browse older leaves in the winter, but they prefer sprouts or seedlings.  
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IMG 2434 | It was a Whiteleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos viscida). Whiteleaf manzanita is a dominant or codominant chaparral species. It is useless as livestock browse but is a valuable source of food for wildlife. Various chaparral animals including black bear, coyote, dusky-footed woodrat, and brush rabbit eat manzanita fruits. Birds such as Merriam's turkey, dusky grouse, and band-tailed pigeon also consume the fruits. Black-tailed deer sometimes browse older leaves in the winter, but they prefer sprouts or seedlings.
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