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Bristly Black Currant - Ribes lacustre

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Stems erect, 0.5–1 m, spiny at the nodes, bristly between. Twigs puberulent, red-brown, becoming gray. Leaf blades 1–7 cm wide, cordate, 5- to 7-lobed, deeply toothed, nearly glabrous and shiny above, glabrous to sparsely hairy and sometimes glandular on the veins beneath. Inflorescence drooping, 5- to 20-flowered. Flowers saucer-shaped, 3–4 mm long, greenish to reddish, glandular-hairy; calyx lobes ovate, 2–3 mm long; petals pink, 1–2 mm long; stamens shorter than petals; style glabrous, united more than half way. Berry 6–9 mm long, black, bristly-glandular, unpalatable (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
AK to NL south to CA, CO, SD and PA (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1797

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Relative Density



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

Moist to wet forest, rock slides, avalanche slopes, cliffs, often along streams; montane, subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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