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Ribes bracteosum
California black currant, stink currant

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California.

Habitat: Moist to wet woods, from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Erect, often straggly, unarmed shrubs 1.5-3 m. tall, sprinkled with round, sessile, crystalline, shining, yellowish glands, with a characteristic odor.


Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades 4-12 cm. broad and not quite as long, cordate, sparsely pubescent or glabrous except for the glands on the lower, paler surface; leaf blades deeply palmately 5- to 7-lobed over half their length, the main sections ovate-lanceolate, shallowly lobed and once or twice serrate.


Flowers numerous in ascending to erect racemes 15-30 cm. long, the pedicels 5-12 mm. long, jointed; bracts conspicuous, leaf-like, reduced upward; calyx tube saucer-shaped, 1,5 mm. long, the 5 lobes ovate-lanceolate, 3-3.5 mm. long, spreading, tube and lobes brownish-purple to greenish; petals 5, small, white, wedge-shaped; stamens 5, alternate with and equal to the petals; styles 2, fused and tapered half their length; ovary inferior, thickly glandular.


Berry sub-globose, 1 cm. long, glaucous-black.

Accepted Name:
Ribes bracteosum Douglas
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 233. 1832.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ribes bracteosum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes bracteosum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Ribes bracteosum information.

E-Flora BC: Ribes bracteosum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes bracteosum photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes bracteosum information.

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