Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
Grossulariaceae - The Gooseberry Family
Ribes L.--Currant, gooseberry
Rather low shrubs with erect to spreading or reclining stems, the stems
smooth or armed with nodal spines and sometimes with internodal prickles as
well. Leaves alternate, often fascicled on short, lateral branches, the
blades palmately veined, palmately 3- to 5-lobed and toothed, rotund to angular
in outline; stipules absent or adnate to the petioles. Flowers 1-few
in short clusters or few to many in bracteate racemes, produced on short, axillary
branches, greenish to white or yellow, perfect, regular, epigynous. Sepals
5, erect, spreading or reflexed, arising from the summit of a tubular to saucer-shaped
hypanthium; petals 5, erect to spreading, shorter than the sepals, inserted
at or near the top of the hypanthium; stamens 5, inserted on the hypanthium,
alternate with the petals; pistil 2-carpellary, styles 2, separate to
below the middle or united nearly to the stigmas, ovary mostly inferior, 1-celled
with 2 parietal placentae. Fruit a many-seeded berry, usually with the
dried floral remains persisting at the tip.
||Stems armed with nodal spines.
||Stems lacking spines.
||Leaves dotted beneath with shiny, yellow to brown,
||Leaves without resinous glands.
24. Grossulariaceae, the Gooseberry Family
1. Ribes L. -- Currant, gooseberry
- 1. Ribes americanum Mill. -- Wild
- 2. Ribes missouriense Nutt. -- Missouri
- 3. Ribes triste Pall. -- Swamp currant
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