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Northern Red Currant - Ribes rubrum
Other Names:  Ribes sativum

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Stems erect, spineless, 0.5–1.5 m. Twigs glabrous, tan becoming brown, glaucous. Leaf blades 2–6 cm wide, 5-lobed, cordate, crenate, pubescent sparsely so above. Inflorescence drooping, 7- to 15-flowered. Flowers saucer-shaped, greenish, 2–3 mm long, glabrous; calyx lobes 1–2 mm long, lanceolate; petals white, ca. 1 mm long; stamens as long as the petals. Berry red, ca. 7 mm long, glabrous, palatable (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced throughout much of temperate N. America for the edible fruit; native to Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Riparian forest, thickets, along streams and ditches, near habitations; valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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Northern Red Currant — Ribes rubrum.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from