Page author: David Giblin
Ribes aureum
golden currant
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains of the U.S.

Habitat: Moderately moist areas in shrub-steppe to ponderosa pine forests.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Erect to spreading, unarmed, glabrous shrubs 1-3 m. tall; branches reddish when young, becoming dark gray with age.

Leaves:

Leaves alternate, petiolate, pale green, the blades broadly deltoid-ovate to ovate, 2-5 cm. broad, palmately 3-lobed less than half their length, the segments entire or with 2-5 rounded teeth.

Flowers:

Flowers fragrant, 5-18 in ascending or reflexed racemes usually longer than the leaves; pedicels up to 8 mm. long; calyx tube cylindric, 6-8 mm. long, the 5 lobes oblong-elliptic, spreading, 5-7 mm. long, the lobes and tube golden yellow; petals 5, small, yellow to reddish, oblong-obovate, erect; stamens 5, alternate with and equal to the petals; styles 2, fused almost to the stigmas, glabrous, about equal to the calyx lobes; ovary inferior.

Fruits:

Berry globose, glabrous, about 7 mm. long, orange or occasionally burgundy.

Accepted Name:
Ribes aureum Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 164. 1813.

Synonyms:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. aureum – golden currant
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes aureum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ribes aureum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes aureum photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes aureum information.

52 photographs:
Group by