Ribes triste

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Ribes triste
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. triste
Binomial name
Ribes triste
Pall. 1797 not Turcz. 1837
Synonyms[1]
  • Coreosma tristis (Pall.) Lunell
  • Ribes albinervium Michx.
  • Ribes ciliosum Howell
  • Ribes melancholicum Siev. ex Pall.
  • Ribes propinquum Turcz.
  • Ribes rubrum var. propinquum Trautv. & C.A. Mey.
  • Ribes repens A.I. Baranov

Ribes triste, known as the northern redcurrant,[2] swamp redcurrant, or wild redcurrant,[3] is an Asian and North American shrub in the gooseberry family. It is widespread across Canada and the northern United States, as well as in eastern Asia (Russia, China, Korea, Japan).[4][5]

Ribes triste grows in wet rocky woods, swamps, and cliffs. It grows to 50 cm (19.5 in) tall, with a lax, often creeping branches. The leaves are alternate, palmately lobed with five lobes, 6–10 cm (2.5–4 in) in diameter. The flowers are in pendulous racemes, 4–7 cm (1.5–3 in) long. The axis of the raceme is glandular. Each raceme bears 6-13 small, purplish flowers that appear in June and July. The fruit is a bright red berry, without the hairs that some currants have. The fruit is edible but rather sour.[6]

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