Ribes nevadense

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Sierra currant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. nevadense
Binomial name
Ribes nevadense
Kellogg [1]

Ribes nevadense (sometimes spelled R. nevadaense[5]) is a species of currant known by the common names Sierra currant and mountain pink currant.


Ribes nevadense is native to several of the mountain ranges in California, including the Peninsular Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Klamath Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada where its distribution extends into western Nevada. It has been found in Oregon, as well.[5] It grows in forest and riparian habitats, at elevations between 3,000–10,000 feet (910–3,050 m). [3][6]


Ribes nevadense is an erect shrub growing 1–2 metres (3.3–6.6 ft) tall. The glandular leaves are up to 8 centimeters (3.2 inches) long and are divided shallowly into a few dully toothed lobes. [5]

The inflorescence is a dense raceme of up to 20 flowers hanging pendent or held erect on the branches. Each flower has opens into a corolla-like array of five pinkish red sepals with five smaller white petals in a tube at the center. [5]

The fruit is an edible blue-black berry under a centimeter wide. It is somewhat waxy in texture and studded with glandular hairs.[5]

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  1. ^  R. nevadense was first described and published in the Proceeds of the California Academy of Sciences 1: 63 (-64). 1855. "Plant Name Details for Ribes nevadense". IPNI. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ The Plant List, Ribes nevadaense Kellogg
  3. ^ a b Calflora taxon report, University of California: Ribes nevadense . accessed 1.30.2013
  4. ^ Tropicos, Ribes nevadaense Kellogg
  5. ^ a b c d e Flora of North America
  6. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map

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