Vascular Plants - Grossulariaceae - Ribes:
Ribes bracteosum
Page Author: David Giblin
stink currant, California black currant 
Blooms: May-June
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California.
Habitat: Moist to wet woods, low to mid-elevations.
Species Description:

General: Erect, often straggly, unarmed shrubs 1.5-3 m. tall, sprinkled with round, sessile, crystalline, shining, yellowish glands, with a characteristic odor.
Leaves: 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: 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.
Fruits: Berry sub-globose, 1 cm. long, glaucous-black.
Accepted Name:
Ribes bracteosum Dougl. ex Hook.
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Ribes bracteosum
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Ribes bracteosum specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Ribes bracteosum specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Ribes bracteosum treatment.

E-Flora BC: Ribes bracteosum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes bracteosum images.

USDA Plants Database: Ribes bracteosum.
Additional photographs of Ribes bracteosum:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 1996

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 2002

Jim Riley

H. Tim Gladwin, 1990

H. Tim Gladwin, 1990

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2006

Robert Cummings, 2009

Maria Yousoufian, 2010

Maria Yousoufian, 2010

Tim Hagan, 2004

Brian Luther, 2015
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