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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Ribes lacustre
Bristly Black Currant
Black Gooseberry

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Description

General - erect to spreading shrub, 0.5-1 m tall; branches covered with small, sharp prickles, with larger thorns at nodes; older bark cinnamon-coloured.

Bristly Black Currant Leaves - maple-like, 3-4 cm across, heart-shaped base; with 3-5 deeply cut lobes; smooth to sparsely hairy; toothed.

Flowers - 6-15 in drooping clusters; reddish, shallowly saucer-shaped; petals about 1.3 mm long; ovary has gland-tipped bristles; stalks jointed; appearing late May to early June.

Fruit - dark purple or black berries, 5-6 mm across, bristly, with stalked glands; unpleasant taste.

Habitat

Moist woods and streambanks to open slopes; widespread across western boreal forest.

Notes

Distinguishable from other Ribes by persistent prickles on the stem and its bristly fruit.

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