Ribes missouriense

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Missouri gooseberry
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
R. missouriense
Binomial name
Ribes missouriense

Ribes missouriense, the Missouri gooseberry, Missouri currant or wild gooseberry, is a prickly, many-stemmed shrub native to the north-central United States (Great Lakes, upper Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys). Scattered populations have been found farther east, most of them very likely escapes from cultivation.[2][3][4]

The Missouri gooseberry was once common as far east as Ohio, but was nearly extirpated there during the 19th and 20th centuries (partly due to early 20th-century efforts to prevent the spread of white pine blister rust by removing as many Ribes hosts as possible). Since 1982, however, the Missouri gooseberry has been granted protected status as an endangered species in Ohio,[2][5] It is also endangered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.[2]


  1. ^ "Plant Name Details for Ribes missouriense". IPNI. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile for Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)". PLANTS Database. USDA, NRCS. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Flora of North America Ribes missouriense Nuttall 1840. Wild gooseberry, groseillier de Missouri
  5. ^ Ohio Department of Natural Resources