Vascular Plants - Grossulariaceae - Ribes:
Ribes divaricatum
Page Author: David Giblin
spreading gooseberry, coast black gooseberry 
Blooms: April-May
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington and along the Columbia River Gorge; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Moist hillsides, prairies and open woods at low elevations.
Species Description:

General: Erect to spreading shrub 1.5-3 m. tall, pubescent throughout, the branches arching, with gray to brownish bark, and 1-3 stout, chestnut-colored spines at the nodes.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, palmately veined, broadly ovate, 2-6 cm. wide, rounded to cordate at the base, with rounded serrations, tri-lobed over half their length, the lower sections often shallowly cleft into 2 lobes.
Flowers: Inflorescence of 2- to 3-flowered, drooping, slender racemes, shorter than the leaves; pedicels slender, 5-10 mm. long; calyx red to reddish-green, glabrous to pubescent, the calyx tube conic, 2.5 mm. long, the 5 lobes narrowly oblong, 5-7 mm. long, recurved; petals 5, white to red, obovate, 1.5-2.5 mm. long; stamens 5, longer than the calyx lobes; styles 2, fused half their length, the fused half villous; ovary inferior.
Fruits: Berry globose, smooth, purplish-black, about 1 cm. long.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Ribes divaricatum Dougl.
Synonyms:
(none)

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

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

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

Washington Flora Checklist: Ribes divaricatum treatment.

E-Flora BC: Ribes divaricatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes divaricatum images.

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

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Tad Dillhoff, 2003

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Shaun Hubbard, 2005

Shaun Hubbard, 2004

Shaun Hubbard, 2004

Shaun Hubbard, 2004

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2003

Rod Gilbert, 2006

Rod Gilbert, 2003

Rod Gilbert

Rod Gilbert

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013

G. D. Carr, 2013
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