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SPECIES: Arctostaphylos pungens | Pointleaf Manzanita
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE : NO-ENTRY 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 [29]. Pase and Pond [23] 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 [4]. PALATABILITY : Palatability of pointleaf manzanita is low for deer in all seasons and for all plant parts (leaves, twigs, fruit) [20]. Palatability for other animals has not been assessed. NUTRITIONAL VALUE : Food value of pointleaf manazanita has not been documented in the literature. COVER VALUE : Cover value of pointleaf manzanita has not been documented in the literature. VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : NO-ENTRY 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 [4].

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