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Ribes aureum var. aureum

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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)
Species: Ribes aureumView Description 

Habit: Plant < 3 m. Stem: nodal spines 0; internodes glabrous or puberulent. Leaf: blade firm, 1.5--5 cm, toothed or not, light green, generally glandular in youth, generally glabrous in age, base wedge-shaped to +- cordate. Inflorescence: 5--15-flowered. Flower: hypanthium 6--10 mm, longer than wide; sepals 3--8 mm, yellow; petals 2--3 mm; styles fused. Fruit: 6--8 mm, red, orange, or black, glabrous. Chromosomes: 2n=16.

Ribes aureum Pursh var. aureum
Flower: odor spicy; hypanthium 1.5--2 × sepals; sepals 5--8 mm; petals yellow aging orange.
Ecology: Many habitats; Elevation: 125--1880 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaR, SNH, SnJV, GB; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, South Dakota, New Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--May
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. 2017. Ribes aureum var. aureum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 20, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 20, 2017.

Ribes aureum var. aureum
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Ribes aureum var. aureum
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© 2007 California Academy of Sciences
Ribes aureum var. aureum
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