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 25, 2014 05:18 AM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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What

Genista Broom Moth Uresiphita reversalis

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 15, 2014 09:14 AM PDT

Description

On the wall of the laundry room. When I saw them coming off the Broom, I put 2 & 2 together...

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What

Rosy Ice Plant Drosanthemum floribundum

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jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2014

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longhairedlizzy

Date

September 9, 2014

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What

Umber Skipper Poanes melane

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robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014 11:46 AM PDT

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Square

What

Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014 12:41 PM PDT

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Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014 02:06 PM PDT

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What

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014

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What

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014

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What

Field Crescent Phyciodes pulchella

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014

Description

Male

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What

Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014
Fungi

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What

Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

Observer

robberfly

Date

September 13, 2014 02:11 PM PDT

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What

Emerald Moths and Allies Family Geometridae

Observer

awolfrum

Date

September 8, 2014 04:13 PM PDT

loarie Project curator ID

Family Geometridae

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What

Umber Skipper Poanes melane

Observer

alexshepard

Date

September 6, 2014 06:13 PM PDT

Description

Spotted feasting on a sunny day in a nursery in the Richmond District of SF.

loarie Project curator ID

Poanes melane

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What

Ruffle Lichens Genus Parmotrema

Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 11:57 AM PDT

Description

Bluish gray, curled up edges, brown lower surface with dark cilia, soridia on edges

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What

Bushy Lichens Genus Ramalina

Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 12:27 PM PDT

Description

Flattened light green branches. Not sure if this is a young Ramalina farinacea or Oakmoss... There are no soredia

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Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 12:05 PM PDT

Description

Firm, at base of pine tree. No idea what this is.

Fungi

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What

Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 12:04 PM PDT

Description

Dry, firm, at base of monterey pine tree. No idea what this is. Fungus?

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Square

What

Bushy Lichens Genus Ramalina

Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 12:21 PM PDT

Description

Flat, small, light green,

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Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 11:56 AM PDT

Description

On old monterey pine

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What

Powdery Sea-Fog Lichen Niebla cephalota

Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 12:25 PM PDT

Description

Small, on end of small branch

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What

Bushy Lichens Genus Ramalina

Observer

metsa

Date

September 6, 2014 12:48 PM PDT

Description

Bifurcation at end, not sure if I've seen this before... Could it just be a young Ramalina farinacea or oakmoss...

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What

Rock Shields Genus Xanthoparmelia

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:32 PM PDT

Description

Gray color, tight against rock.

Large rock outcropping

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What

Rock Shields Genus Xanthoparmelia

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:17 PM PDT

Description

Tight agaist rock. Black lower surface.

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Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:23 PM PDT

Description

Behr Ave. rock outcropping

This may be the same thing I posted back in June
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/711340

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What

Red Beard Lichen Usnea rubicunda

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:11 PM PDT

Description

Growing on coast redwood #621

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What

Pixie Cups Genus Cladonia

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 11:05 AM PDT

Description

On downed tree trunk, damp area. There were a lot of this lichen in the west (damp) side of the forest

Fungi

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What

Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:54 PM PDT

Description

Bluish-gray upper surface, brown lower surface with rhizines, on rock

Not sure what the bumps are on the main surface. And not sure if it has apothecia (outlined in soridia)

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What

Rock Shields Genus Xanthoparmelia

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:27 PM PDT

Description

Black lower surface, tight against rock

Behr Ave. rock outcropping

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What

Ruffle Lichens Genus Parmotrema

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 10:59 AM PDT

Description

Bluish-gray color, Black lower surface with long black cilia, edges curl up and have soridia

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Square

What

Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

Observer

metsa

Date

September 1, 2014 12:09 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)
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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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