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GROSSULARIACEAE

GOOSEBERRY FAMILY

Michael R. Mesler and John O. Sawyer, Jr.

Shrub generally < 2 m
Stem generally erect; nodal spines 0–9; internodal bristles generally 0; twigs generally hairy, generally glandular
Leaves simple, alternate, generally clustered on short, lateral branchlets, petioled, generally deciduous; blade generally palmately 3–5-lobed, generally thin, generally dentate or serrate, base generally cordate
Inflorescence: raceme, axillary, generally pendent, 1–25-flowered; pedicel generally not jointed to ovary, generally hairy or glandular; bract generally green
Flower bisexual, radial; hypanthium tube exceeding ovary; sepals generally 5, generally spreading; petals generally 5, generally < sepals, generally flat; stamens generally 5, alternate petals, generally inserted at level of petals (hypanthium top), anthers generally free, generally glabrous, tips generally rounded; ovary inferior, chamber 1, ovules many, styles generally 2, generally fused except at tip, generally glabrous
Fruit: berry
Genera in family: 1 genus, 120 species: n hemisphere, temp South America. Some cultivated as food, ornamental. Hypanthium data refer to part above ovary; statements about ovary hairs actually refer to the hypanthium around the ovary. Formerly included in Saxifragaceae.

Native

subsp. fimbriatum Theob.

Plant 7–30 cm
Leaf: segments 1–5 mm, linear
Inflorescence: peduncle 10–30 cm; rays 2–14, 0.5–6 cm
Flower: petals yellow or purplish, minutely ciliate
Chromosomes: 2n=22
Ecology: Sagebrush, pine woodland
Elevation: 1600–3300 m.
Bioregional distribution: East of Sierra Nevada, Desert Mountains (Last Chance Mtns)
Distribution outside California: to Utah
Flowering time: Apr–Jun

Native

R. lobbii A. Gray

GUMMY GOOSEBERRY


Stem: nodal spines 3
Leaf: blade 2–3 cm, upper surface subglabrous, lower surface hairy, glandular
Inflorescence 1–3-flowered
Flower: hypanthium 3–5 mm, longer than wide; sepals reflexed, 10–12 mm, red; petals 5–6 mm, white, margins curled inward; anthers exserted from petals, with sessile glands on back; styles ± not exceeding anthers
Fruit 10–15 mm, oblong, red; bristles glandular, dense
Ecology: Montane, subalpine forests
Elevation: 1500–2000 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, High North Coast Ranges
Distribution outside California: to British Columbia
Horticultural information: DRN, IRR: 4, 5, 6 &SHD: 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 16; DFCLT.

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