Ribes glandulosum

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Ribes glandulosum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. glandulosum
Binomial name
Ribes glandulosum
Grauer 1784 not Ruiz & Pav. 1802[1]

Ribes glandulosum, the skunk currant,[2] is a North American species of flowering plant in the currant family. It is widespread in Canada (all 10 provinces and all 3 territories) and is also found in parts of the United States (Alaska, the Great Lakes region, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Northeast).[3][4]

Ribes glandulosum is a deciduous shrub growing to 0.5 m (2 ft) tall and wide. It has palmately lobed leaves with 5 or 7 deeply cut segments. Flowers are in elongated clusters of 6-15 pink flowers. Fruits are red and egg-shaped, sometimes palatable but sometimes not.[5][6][2]


The Ojibwa people take a compound decoction of the root for back pain and for "female weakness."[7] The Cree people use a decoction of the stem, either by itself or mixed with wild red raspberry, to prevent clotting after birth. [8] The Algonquin people use the berries as food.[9]


  1. ^ The International Plant Names Index
  2. ^ a b Flora of North America, Ribes glandulosum Grauer, 1784. Skunk currant, gadellier glanduleux
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 state-level distribution map
  4. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  5. ^ United States Department of Agriculture plants profile
  6. ^ Plants for a Future
  7. ^ Densmore, Frances 1928 Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians. SI-BAE Annual Report #44:273-379 (p. 356)
  8. ^ Leighton, Anna L. 1985 Wild Plant Use by the Woods Cree (Nihithawak) of East-Central Saskatchewan. Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series (p. 54)
  9. ^ Black, Meredith Jean 1980 Algonquin Ethnobotany: An Interpretation of Aboriginal Adaptation in South Western Quebec. Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series Number 65 (p. 88)