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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Ribes hudsonianum
Northern Black Currant
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Description

General - erect to ascending shrub, 0.5-2 m tall, with sweet, 'tomcat' odour, unpleasant to some people; branches have no prickles or bristles, covered in yellow glands (resin dots).

Northern Black Currant Leaves - often wider than long, 3-5 lobed, 5-7 cm across, sharply toothed, maple-leaf shaped; covered with yellow resin dots below, usually hairy on veins.

Flowers - 6-12 in spreading to erect clusters; white, small ovary has a few resin dots; flower stalks jointed, with no glands or hairs; flowers appear in late May and early June.

Fruit - : Black berries, 5 - 10 mm across, with whitish, waxy bloom, usually speckled with a few resin dots; bitter; ripening late July and early August.

Habitat

Moist to wet woods and streambanks; widespread across western boreal forest and northern parkland.

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