Ribes americanum (Wild Black Currant) - photos and description

 

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum
Bracts longer than pedicels

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum

Ribes americanum
Leaf undersides have yellow, resinous dots

General: Shrub erect to spreading having stems without thorns.

Flowers: The flowers grow in drooping racemes, the flowers are greenish-yellow, tubular, a calyx was measured at 4 mm long, and flowers to 8 mm long. Bracts are longer than pedicels, we measured a flower bract at 7 mm long and a pedicel at 3 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, roughly orbicular in shape, have 3 to 5 lobes, leaf highlighted in photo above was 6 cm wide by 5 cm long (measuring length of blade only, no petiole). Leaves with short hairs on leaf bottom and margins. The undersides of the leaves have yellow, resinous dots.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 200 cm. We measured plants to 134 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist woodlands.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

How to identify this species of Ribes: Flowers yellowish, bracts >= pedicels (Taxonomic Reminder for Recognizing Saskatchewan Plants).

When and where photographed: Took the above photos on May 29th woodland alongside stream, downhill from a spring, Qu'Appelle Valley, about 40 km north of our home in Regina, SK.