Ribes aureum (Golden Currant) - photos and description


Flowers have a long calyx tube

 

General: Shrub erect to arching, stems without thorns.

Quite showy when in flower, is sold at Saskatchewan nurseries because of its ornamental value.

Flowers: Flowers many, often red-tipped, grow in racemes of up to 10. Flowers have a long calyx tube, calyx tube measured to 11 mm, flowers measured to 16 mm long.

Leaves:  Leaves are three-lobed, leaf (blade) highlighted in photo above was measured at 30 mm long by 33 mm wide. Leaves are irregularly toothed and have very short, glandular hairs.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 2 m tall, we measured plants to 2.6 m tall.

Habitat: Riverbanks and coulees.

Abundance: This plant is very rare, ranked as an S3 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Ribes odoratum.

How to identify this species of Ribes: Flowers with a long tube, bright yellow (Taxonomic Reminder for Recognizing Saskatchewan Plants).

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken May 12th, shrubby thicket on prairie hillside, Big Muddy, about 180 km south west of our home in Regina, SK.