Wildlife, Animals, and Plants
VALUE AND USE
SPECIES: Arctostaphylos pungens | Pointleaf Manzanita
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE :
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE :
Goats will graze pointleaf manzanita leaves, browse young twigs, and
strip the bark for sap in the spring; new growth is occasionally used by
deer . Pase and Pond  report a 30 percent utilization rate of
current year's growth on young pointleaf manzanita seedlings by cattle
and deer on a 2-year-old burn site in Arizona. Pointleaf manzanita
berries are found in the diets of skunks, coyotes, foxes, grouse, quail,
bears, and deer [23,25,31,32]. Overall, the genus Arctostaphylos is
considered low quality browse, and is indicative of range problems if
heavily used .
Palatability of pointleaf manzanita is low for deer in all seasons and
for all plant parts (leaves, twigs, fruit) . Palatability for other
animals has not been assessed.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE :
Food value of pointleaf manazanita has not been documented in the
COVER VALUE :
Cover value of pointleaf manzanita has not been documented in the
VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES :
OTHER USES AND VALUES :
In Mexico, a jelly is made from unripe pointleaf manzanita fruits. The
leaves and fruits are used as a remedy for stomach trouble, bronchitis,
and venereal disease [4,14,29].
MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS :
Pointleaf manzanita may be used as an indicator of range condition; if
heavily browsed, range problems are evident .
Related categories for Species: Arctostaphylos pungens
| Pointleaf Manzanita