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. 1812
Synonyms[1]
  • Ribes oxyacanthoides var. lacustre Pers. 1805
  • Ribes oxycanthoides var. lacustris Pers.
  • Limnobotrya lacustris (Pers.) Rydb.

The shrub Ribes lacustre is known by the common names prickly currant, black swamp gooseberry, and black gooseberry.[2] It is widely distributed, from California to Alaska and across North America east to Pennsylvania and Newfoundland, and south as far as New Mexico.[3]

Racemes of 5 to 15 pink disk-shaped flowers hang from stems covered with short hairs, bristles and spines.[4]

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.[5]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tropicos, Ribes lacustre (Pers.) Poir.
  2. ^ Wildflowers found in Oregon - Black Swamp Gooseberry
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 state-level distribution map
  4. ^ 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 2013-04-01. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Steven. K. (2013). "Ribes lacustre". Wildflower Search. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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