Species Guides

Marin Manzanitas

Stuck indoors on a rainy day? Prepare for the next time you’re outside! Our chapter’s Bruce Homer-Smith has developed an online interactive guide to Marin manzanitas, which shows key characters that distinguish our manzanitas and presents a photo essay for each of our Marin taxa. After you’ve studied them, take the interactive quiz to see how you do at identifying them. Then get out in the field... read more Marin Manzanitas

Scoliopus bigelovii

Text by Mary Stevens               Scoliopus bigelovii – California fetid adders tongue (Photo by Vernon Smith)   Sscoliopus bigelovii – CALIFORNIA FETID ADDER’S TONGUE; BROWNIES; SLINK POD BLOOM PERIOD: January – February As in other members of the lily family, the flower parts of this early blooming wildflower appear in groups of... read more Scoliopus bigelovii


Arctostaphylos species in Marin Text and photos by Doreen Smith   Arctostaphylos canescens ssp. canescens  (Hoary manzanita) Grows on the S-facing slopes of Mt. Tamalpais on sandstone ridges. Easiest place to see it is on the Verna Dunshee trail, newly refurbished, about the East Peak. One of the most beautiful species in this genus. Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. glandulosa  (glandular... read more Arctostaphylos