Vascular Plants - Grossulariaceae - Ribes:
Ribes sanguineum
Page Author: David Giblin
red-flowering currant 
Blooms: March-June
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to south to California.
Habitat: Open to wooded, moist to dry valleys and lower mountains.
Species Description:

General: Erect, unarmed shrub 1-3 m. tall, with reddish-brown bark.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, petiolate, broadly reniform to deltoid-ovate, 2.5-6 cm. broad, the lower surface much paler and hairier than the upper, palmately 5-lobed, the lobes deltoid to rounded and finely denticulate.
Flowers: Inflorescence of erect, 10- to 20-flowered racemes; pedicels jointed; calyx pale to deep rose, finely pubescent; calyx tube 3-5 mm. long and nearly a broad, the 5 lobes oblong, equal to the tube, spreading; petals 5, white to light rose, obovate-spatulate, entire, 2.5-3.5 mm. long; stamens 5, equaling the petals, the filaments pinkish; styles 2, glabrous, fused almost to the stigmas; ovary inferior.
Fruits: Berry globose, 7-9 mm. long, glaucous-black.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Ribes sanguineum Pursh
Synonyms:
(none)

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

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

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

Washington Flora Checklist: Ribes sanguineum treatment.

E-Flora BC: Ribes sanguineum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes sanguineum images.

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

Clayton J. Antieau, 2000

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Ben Legler, 2003

Jim Riley

Rod Gilbert, 2004

Dana Visalli

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

H. Tim Gladwin, 1984

H. Tim Gladwin, 1984

H. Tim Gladwin, 1986

H. Tim Gladwin, 1986

H. Tim Gladwin, 1997

H. Tim Gladwin, 2000

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Shaun Hubbard, 2005

Shaun Hubbard, 2006

Shaun Hubbard, 2006

Tim Hagan, 2003

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2006

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Ray Izumi, 2011

Ray Izumi, 2011

Ray Izumi, 2010

Ray Izumi, 2010

Ray Izumi, 2012

Douglas Houck, 2012

Ben Legler, 2013

Ben Legler, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2013

Julia Bent, 2013

Gary Brill, 2014

Gary Brill, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

G. D. Carr , 2014

G. D. Carr , 2014

G. D. Carr , 2014

G. D. Carr , 2014

G. D. Carr , 2014

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016
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