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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.

RIBES

CURRANT, GOOSEBERRY


Etymology: (Arabic: for plants of this genus)

Native

R. amarum McClatchie

BITTER GOOSEBERRY


Stem: nodal spines 3
Leaf: blade 20–40 mm, hairy, glandular
Inflorescence 1–3-flowered
Flower: hypanthium 5–6 mm, longer than wide; sepals reflexed, 2–4 mm, purple; petals 2 mm, white, margins curled inward; anthers exserted from petals, exceeded by styles, tips with a short, sharp, flexible point
Fruit 15–20 mm, purple; bristles stiff, glandular and not
Ecology: Chaparral
Elevation: < 1600 m.
Bioregional distribution: Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Outer South Coast Ranges, Southwestern California.Plants with hairy fruit from Santa Barbara Co. have been called var. hoffmannii Munz
Horticultural information: DRN: 4, 5, 6, 17 &SHD or IRR: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

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