Nancy Wuerfel sent us this note:
“For those who blame the eucalyptus for “taking over” the forest, please note that they were responsible for protecting this rare plant in the Presidio and keeping it safe from harm. Give credit, where credit is due!
“The shrub that was believed to be extinct but was discovered in November near the was confirmed to be the rare plant native to . The last wild Franciscan manzanita was believed to have perished in the 1940s when cemeteries where it grew were moved to allow for neighborhood expansion. Crews recently cleared for work on the Doyle Drive project and exposed the plant …”
ETA: Other reports say the plant may be relocated because it is in the way of the Doyle Drive project. The picture by Stan Shebs is taken from Wikipedia and is a representative photo of arctostaphylos hookeri ssp franciscana (not the actual specimen at the Presidio).
ETA 2: According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the plant was indeed relocated under cover of darkness at a cost of $175,000 to a spot about a mile away from its original site. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority covered the cost.