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Alpine Prickly Gooseberry - Ribes montigenum

Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Five collections at MONTU, from Beaverhead, Madison, Park counties. Doubtlessly undercollected due to the extremely prickly stems. Not rare at least in Beaverhead County. Grows at high elevations, mostly on talus slopes and other places that are probably secure.
General Description
Stems sprawling to ascending, 30–70 cm, spiny at the nodes, bristly between. Twigs puberulent, tan, becoming gray. Leaf blades 1–4 cm wide, cordate, 5-lobed, deeply toothed, pubescent and glandular on both sides. Inflorescence drooping, 3- to 6-flowered. Flowers saucer-shaped, 3–5 mm long, green to pink, glandular-hairy; calyx lobes broadly ovate, 2–3 mm long; petals pink to red, 1–1.5 mm long; stamens longer than petals; style united more than half way, glabrous. Berry 5–9 mm long, red, bristly-glandular, palatable (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 223

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Pallister, G.L. 1974. The seasonal distribution and range use of bighorn sheep in the Beartooth Mountains, with special reference to the West Rosebud and Stillwater herds. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 67 p.
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