Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Hudson Bay Currant
Ribes hudsonianum Richards.
- Family: Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: The flowers of this species are borne in racemes and have 5 white sepals. The leaves have shiny dotted glands on the lower surface.
- Habitat: Along streams, wet woods, wet meadows, swamps.
- Habit: Upright shrub up to 6 feet tall.
- Stems: Ascending to upright, without thorns.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, palmately 3- to 5-lobed, up to 3 inches across, heart-shaped at the base, toothed, smooth or sparsely hairy, with shiny, glandular dots on the lower surface.
- Flowers: Several in ascending to upright racemes up to 6 inches long; each flower on a stalk up to 1/3 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, united below to form a cup, white, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other, about 1/10 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior, without hairs but with a few glands.
- Fruits: Berries black, up to 1/3 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The berries are eaten by animals.
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