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Ribes montigenum
alpine prickly currant, mountain gooseberry, western prickly gooseberry

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Subalpine to alpine ridges, talus slopes and rock crevices.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Spreading, freely-branched shrub 2-5 dm. tall, the herbage pubescent and glandular; branches bristly and with 3-5 nodal spines 4-6 mm. long.


Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades 1-2.5 cm. broad, palmately 5-cleft 2/3 their length and irregularly lobed and toothed.


Inflorescence of 4- to 7-flowered axillary, pendant racemes; pedicels 1-3 mm. long, jointed; calyx tube saucer-shaped, 1 mm. long, lined with a yellowish-pinkish disk, the 5 lobes ovate to obovate, yellowish-green to pinkish, 2.5-3 mm. long, spreading; petals half as long as the calyx lobes, pinkish or purplish, fan-shaped, inserted at the edge of the disk; stamens 5, yellow, equal to the petals, inserted on the disk; ovary inferior, covered with purplish, stalked glands.


Berry 5-7 mm. long, obovoid-globose, reddish.

Accepted Name:
Ribes montigenum McClatchie
Publication: Erythea. 5: 38. 1897. 1897.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Limnobotrya montigena (McClatchie) Rydb.
Ribes lacustre (Pers.) Poir. var. molle A. Gray
Ribes lentum (M.E. Jones) Coville & Rose
Ribes nubigenum McClatchie
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Ribes montigenum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ribes montigenum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ribes montigenum photos.

USDA Plants: Ribes montigenum information.

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