Ribes americanum (Wild Black Currant) - photos and description




Bracts longer than pedicels








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.