Ribes triste

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

Ribes triste, known as the northern redcurrant,[1] swamp redcurrant, or wild redcurrant,[2] is a shrub in the flowering plant family Grossulariaceae, native to northern North America in Alaska, Canada, and the United States south to Oregon and Virginia. This species grows in wet rocky woods, swamps, and cliffs.

It grows to 0.5 m tall, with a lax, often creeping branches. The leaves are alternate, palmately lobed with five lobes, 6–10 cm diameter. The flowers are in pendulous racemes, 4–7 cm long. The axis of the raceme is glandular. Each raceme bears 6-13 small, purplish flowers that appear in June and July. The fruit is a bright red berry, without the hairs that some currants have.


  1. ^ Ulev, Elena D. 2006. Ribes triste. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.
  2. ^ http://www.planthardiness.gc.ca/ph_spp_intro.pl?speciesid=1004269 planthardiness.gc.ca