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Ribes lobbii
gummy gooseberry, Lobb's gooseberry, Oregon gooseberry

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington, but occasionally found to the coast; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Lowland valleys to open forests at moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Spreading, freely-branched shrub 5-10 dm. tall, the stems finely puberulent, not bristly, brownish to reddish-gray; nodal spines 3, slender, straight, 7-12 mm. long.


Leaves alternate, the blades slightly cordate, 1.5-2.5 cm. broad and slightly longer, nearly glabrous above and pubescent, glandular and paler beneath; blades palmately 3- to 5-lobed less than half their length, the lobes rounded and with deep, rounded teeth.


Flowers 1 or 2, pendant from peduncles shorter than the leaves, the pedicels slender, not jointed, covered with glandular bristles; calyx greenish with a reddish tinge, the tube bell-shaped, 3.5-5.5 mm. long and nearly as broad at the top, the 5 lobes oblong, pointed, sharply reflexed, bright red, 10-13 mm. long; petals 5, white, broadly fan-shaped with a wedge-shaped base, 4-5 mm. long; stamens 5, equal to the calyx lobes; filaments white, anthers reddish; styles 2, fused about half their length, glabrous, equaling the stamens; ovary inferior.


Berry globose-ellipsoid, up to 15 mm. long, reddish-brown.

Accepted Name:
Ribes lobbii A. Gray
Publication: Amer. Naturalist. 10: 274. 1876. 1876.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Grossularia lobbii (A. Gray) Coville & Britton
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes lobbii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Ribes lobbii information.

E-Flora BC: Ribes lobbii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes lobbii photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes lobbii information.

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