Hidden Biodiversity

The Franciscan manzanita, Arctostaphylos franciscana, is San Francisco's unicorn. The Franciscan manzanita is a subtly charming flowering shrub found nowhere else on Earth. Its tragic history is filled with heroic acts by botanists striving to keep the species alive. In 1906, the specimens first used to identify the species were rescued from the California Academy of Sciences by botanist Alice Eastwood as fires driven by the San Francisco earthquake ravaged the Academy’s collections. In 1947 Alice Eastwood and others stood in front of bulldozers to wrest the last known wild plants from a construction site. The plants were sent to the Tilden botanical garden across the bay, and no one found the plant in the wild again.

But in 2009, ecologist Daniel Gluesenkamp spotted a suspicious shrub in an area being cleared of vegetation for the Doyle Drive road-widening project in San Francisco's Presidio. To the delight of botanists worldwide, the shrub turned out to be a ...more ↓

Posted on March 24, 2014 03:18 PM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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What

Bird of Paradise Strelitzia reginae

Observer

amybird

Date

April 18, 2015 01:30 PM PDT

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Square

Observer

amybird

Date

April 18, 2015 01:39 PM PDT

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Square

Observer

amybird

Date

April 18, 2015 01:35 PM PDT

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Square

What

Pygmy nuthatch Sitta pygmaea

Observer

mrchasse

Date

April 15, 2015 01:11 PM PDT

Description

Nesting in cavities in a pine snag.

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Square

What

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

mrchasse

Date

April 15, 2015 08:13 AM PDT

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Square

What

broadleaf forget-me-not Myosotis latifolia

Observer

mrchasse

Date

April 15, 2015 08:17 AM PDT

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What

brassicacea Family Brassicaceae

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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What

Yellow Sand Verbena Abronia latifolia

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 4, 2015

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What

Flowering Plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 4, 2015

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What

Scarlet Pimpernel Anagallis arvensis

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 4, 2015

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What

Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 4, 2015

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 4, 2015

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What

Common Loon Gavia immer

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

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What

American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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What

Flowering Plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)
Plants

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What

Plants Kingdom Plantae

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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What

Flowering Plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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What

Seaside Daisy Erigeron glaucus

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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What

Western Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)
Other Animals

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Animals Kingdom Animalia

Observer

amybird

Date

February 15, 2015 01:58 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)

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What

Three-cornered Leek Allium triquetrum

Observer

annemirdl

Date

April 5, 2015

Place

Lands End (Google, OSM)
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We live in a diverse city: diverse cultures, diverse neighborhoods, a diverse landscape - and also very diverse in the plants and animals that live here with us! Help us document the biodiversity in San Francisco! In your backyard, in your neighborhood, on your walk to work... let us know what plants and animals you've observed in our city!
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