Rare flower carefully moved 

The only known wild specimen of the Franciscan manzanita, a native California plant thought to have ceased growing in the wild since 1947, was carefully relocated to an undisclosed area in the Presidio, officials announced Saturday.

The plant was discovered in October in the direct path of the $1.045 billion Presidio Parkway seismic replacement project, according to officials from the Doyle Drive Replacement Project.

“Relocating the Franciscan manzanita was no small task, with the plant and root ball mass weighing approximately 25,000 pounds,” a press release stated. “The plant was supported by a series of 3½-inch diameter steel pipes inserted under the plant and braced by I-beams.”

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