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Manzanita Blossoms

(Arctostaphylos patula)

  The straight-leaf manzanita is very common around the rim of Bryce amphitheater and has adapted to the hot summer sun by positioning its leaves almost vertically. The bell-like blossoms are 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, the leaves 1.5 inches long. They give rise to small berries (manzanita means little apple) that birds and squirrels eat.

 

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