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White-stem Gooseberry - Ribes inerme

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Stems spreading to erect, 0.5–1.5 cm; nodal spines few or lacking. Twigs mostly glabrous, tan becoming gray. Leaf blades 2–6 cm wide, cordate to truncate, 3- to 5-lobed, deeply crenate, mostly glabrous, sometimes ciliate. Inflorescence spreading, 1- to 4-flowered. Flowers campanulate, green to purplish, 6–9 mm long, usually glabrous; calyx lobes lanceolate, 3–4 mm long; petals 1–2 mm long, white to pink; stamens ca. twice as long as the petals; styles hairy, united less than half the length. Berry reddish-purple, 5–9 mm long, glabrous, edible (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
BC, AB south to CA and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 176

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Open forest, thickets, aspen woodlands, rocky slopes, often along streams, lakes, wetlands; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Picton, H.D. 1959. Use of vegetative types, migration, and hunter harvest of the Sun River elk herd, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 39 p.
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