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 05:18 PM by kestrel kestrel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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irises (Genus Iris) Genus Iris

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April 4, 2013 06:22 PM PDT
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Animals Kingdom Animalia

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July 23, 2013 11:31 AM PDT

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November 22, 2013 06:30 PM PST

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August 4, 2013 01:03 AM PDT

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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August 3, 2014 06:16 PM PDT

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Cellar Spiders Family Pholcidae

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July 12, 2014 06:05 PM PDT

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August 26, 2013 07:34 PM PDT

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Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus) Araneus diadematus

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October 28, 2013 11:57 AM PDT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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June 17, 2014 12:12 AM PDT

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July 4, 2014 12:45 PM PDT

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

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Help ID me please.

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July 12, 2014 02:29 PM PDT

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A man fishing had these worms in a bucket for bait on the south end of Ocean Beach. I think he was fishing for crabs and there were numerous small crab shells south of where there are sometimes people fishing.

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Bees and Allies Superfamily Apoidea

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June 27, 2014 12:04 PM PDT

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April 23, 2013 06:23 PM PDT

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August 26, 2012 04:59 PM PDT

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ID pls

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Plume Moths (Superfamily Pterophoroidea) Superfamily Pterophoroidea

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June 8, 2013 08:43 PM PDT

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Plume Moths Family Pterophoridae

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April 23, 2013 10:32 PM PDT

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July 23, 2013 10:11 AM PDT

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April 4, 2013 06:25 PM PDT

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July 26, 2012 01:33 PM PDT

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AIDS memorial grove east entrance

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Dicots Class Magnoliopsida

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July 21, 2013 03:35 PM PDT

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August 23, 2013 10:38 AM PDT

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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April 10, 2013 07:25 PM PDT

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April 4, 2013 06:20 PM PDT

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June 17, 2014 12:18 AM PDT

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August 26, 2013 11:53 PM PDT

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Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) Nereocystis luetkeana

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July 23, 2013 10:07 AM PDT
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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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