Ribes indecorum

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Ribes indecorum
White-flowered currant
A white-flowered currant growing in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. indecorum
Binomial name
Ribes indecorum
Eastw. [1]

Ribes indecorum is a species of currant known by the common names white-flowered currant and white chaparral currant. It is native to the southern California Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, and Peninsular Ranges, from around Santa Barbara County in California south into northern Baja California.

It grows in local habitats such as California chaparral and woodlands and coastal sage scrub.


Ribes indecorum is an erect shrub approaching three meters in maximum height. The stem is fuzzy and glandular in texture. The deciduous leaves are 1 to 4 centimeters long. The thick, wrinkly blades are divided into three to five toothed lobes, and are hairy, glandular, and aromatic. The inflorescence is a loose raceme of 10 to 25 flowers. The flower is roughly tubular with the white or pink-tinged sepals spreading open to reveal smaller whitish petals inside. The fruit is a hairy, sticky purple berry under a centimeter wide.


This Ribes species, Ribes indecorum, is another that is cultivated as an ornamental plant by specialty plant nurseries. It is planted in drought-tolerant, native plant, and wildlife gardens and natural landscaping projects.[2]


  1. ^ Originally described and published in the Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences ser. 3, 2: 243. 1902. "Plant Name Details for Ribes indecorum". IPNI. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Las Pilitas Nursery horticulture treatment: Ribes indecorum, White flowering currant . accessed 1.28.2013

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