Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
General - ascending to trailing shrub, to 1 m tall; strong skunky odour when bruised; branches have no prickles or bristles.
Leaves - maple-leaf-shaped, 5-7 lobes, 2-7 cm across; lobes pointed and sharp-toothed; fresh green, hairless or with sparse gland-tipped hairs on veins below.
Flowers - 6-15 in erect or ascending clusters; whitish to pink, with gland-tipped hairs; stalks jointed, bear gland-tipped hairs; sepals, 2-2.5 mm long, without hairs on outside; petals longer than broad; appearing in June.
Fruit - dark red berries, about 6 mm across, bristly, with stalked glands, disagreeable odour and flavour; ripening in July and August.
Moist woods, thickets, rocky slopes and clearings, across NW Ontario's boreal region.
The Skunk Currant is easily distinguished from other Ribes species by its skunk-like odour. However, berries of the Skunk Currant are very tasty when fresh.
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