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Ribes viscosissimum

Higher Taxonomy
Family: GrossulariaceaeView Description 

Habit: Shrub, generally < 4 m. Stem: generally erect; nodal spines 0--9; internodal bristles generally 0; twigs generally hairy, generally glandular. Leaf: 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 +- not exceeding petals, 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: northern hemisphere, temperate South America. Some cultivated as food, ornamental. Note: Hypanthium data refer to part above ovary; statements about ovary hairs actually refer to the hypanthium around the ovary. At one time included in Saxifragaceae.
Unabridged Note: The family name Grossulariaceae has been conserved, evidently because the genus name on which it is based, Grossularia, is illegitimate.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael R. Mesler & John O. Sawyer, Jr.
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: RibesView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Etymology: (Arabic: for plants of this genus)

Ribes viscosissimum Pursh
Habit: Plant < 1.5 m. Stem: nodal spines 0. Leaf: fragrant; blade 3--8 cm, thick, crenate, gray-green, glandular. Inflorescence: 4--15-flowered. Flower: hypanthium 5 mm, < 2 × longer than wide; sepals 6--7 mm, white-green to pink; petals 3 mm; anther tip with cup-like depression; styles fused +- to tip. Fruit: 10--12 mm, black to glaucous.
Ecology: Sagebrush scrub, forest; Elevation: 960--3030 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SNH, MP; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Montana, Colorado. Flowering Time: May--Jul
Synonyms: Ribes hallii Jancz.; Ribes viscosissimum var. hallii (Jancz.) Jancz.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael R. Mesler & John O. Sawyer, Jr.
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Citation for this treatment: Michael R. Mesler & John O. Sawyer, Jr. 2016. Ribes viscosissimum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Ribes viscosissimum
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© 2010 Keir Morse
Ribes viscosissimum
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© 2009 Barry Breckling
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© 2011 Steve Matson
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