Ribes hudsonianum (Northern Black Currant) - photos and description


Leaf undersides have yellow, resinous dots.

General: Shrubs with an ascending to erect growth habit, stems without thorns.

Flowers: Flowers in racemes, we counted up to 13 flowers per raceme. Racemes slightly ascending. Flowers white, have a sour fragrance. We measured flowers to a diameter of 7 mm, the corolla was 3 mm long, and the calyx 1 mm long. The calyx has a few resin dots.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, serrate, and 3-5 lobes. Mostly wider than long, we measured a leaf at 9.5 cm wide and 7 cm long. Leaves have a cordate base. Undersides of leaves are pubescent, and have yellow, resinous dots.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 150 cm, we measured plants to 96 cm tall.

Habitat: Shady woodlands.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken May 22nd, flowers were just beginning to open, rich poplar woods and in mixed woods, Good Spirit Lake provincial park, about 250 km northeast of Regina, SK, and May 25th in an old beaver swamp, Cypress Hills, about 425 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.