Ribes lacustre

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Ribes lacustre
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. lacustre
Binomial name
Ribes lacustre
(Pers.) Poir.

The shrub Ribes lacustre is known by the common names prickly currant, swamp gooseberry, and black gooseberry.[1] It is widely distributed, from California to Alaska and across North America to Pennsylvania and Newfoundland.

Racemes of 5 to 15 pink disk-shaped flowers hang from stems covered with short hairs, bristles and spines.[2]

The shrub grows erect to spreading, 0.5–2 m. Clusters of reddish to maroon flowers bloom in spring. The fruit consists of dark purple berries 6–8 mm long. It blooms in April through August and may be found in low-elevation forests to the subalpine.[3]

Outside its native range, Ribes species may be invasive. For example, in Michigan, planting of any currant and gooseberry species is prohibited.


  1. ^ Wildflowers found in Oregon - Black Swamp Gooseberry
  2. ^ Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) (2013). "Ribes lacustre". E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Retrieved 4/1/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Sullivan, Steven. K. (2013). "Ribes lacustre". Wildflower Search. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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