Ribes inerme

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Ribes inerme
Whitestem Gooseberry
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. inerme
Binomial name
Ribes inerme
Rydb. [1]

R. i. var. klamathense (Coville) Jeps. [2][3]

  • R. divaricatum var. inerme (Rydb.) McMinn
  • R. hirtellum var. inerme (Rydb.) Smiley
  • Grossularia inermis (Rydb.) Coville & Britton

List sources : [1][4][5][6]

Ribes inerme is a species of currant known by the common names whitestem gooseberry and white stemmed gooseberry. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to the Rocky Mountains.[7] [8] It grows in mountain forests, woodlands, and meadows.

The less common Ribes inerme var. klamathense, known as Klamath gooseberry, is confined to the states of California and Oregon. [9][2]


Ribes inerme is an erect or spreading thicketlike shrub approaching 3 metres (9.8 ft) in maximum height. The stem is hairless or bristly and has black resin glands and spines at its nodes. The small leaves are divided deeply into three to five toothed lobes which may be divided partway into smaller lobes.

The inflorescence is a solitary flower or raceme of up to five flowers which hangs pendent. The flower has five reddish green sepals which are reflexed upward. At the center are white or pinkish petals and protruding stamens and stigmas.

The fruit is an edible hairless greenish, purple, or black berry roughly a centimeter wide.


  • Ribes inerme var. inerme [10]
  • Ribes inerme var. klamathense — Klamath gooseberry [9]


  1. ^ a b  R. Inerme was first described and published in Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 1: 202. 1900. Bronx, NY "Plant Name Details for Ribes inerme". IPNI. Retrieved July 22, 2010. Distribution: Yellowstone Park 
  2. ^ a b "Profile for Ribes inerme var. klamathense (Klamath gooseberry)". PLANTS Database. USDA, NRCS. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  3. ^  Manual of the Flowering Plants of California 472. 1925. "Plant Name Details for Ribes inerme var. klamathense". IPNI. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  4. ^  Illustrated Manual of California Shrubs 156. 1939. Berkeley, CA "Plant Name Details for Ribes divaricatum var. inerme". IPNI. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  5. ^  University of California Publications in Botany 9: 227. 1921. Berkeley, CA "Plant Name Details for Ribes hirtellum var. inerme". IPNI. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  6. ^  North American Flora 22: 224. 1908. New York Botanical Garden "Plant Name Details for Grossularia inermis". IPNI. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Ribes inerme (whitestem gooseberry)". PLANTS Database. USDA, NRCS. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ Calflora . accessed 3.23.2013
  9. ^ a b Calflora: Ribes inerme var. klamathense'
  10. ^ Calflora: Ribes inerme var. inerme

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