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Sticky Currant - Ribes viscosissimum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stems erect, spineless, 0.5–1 m. Twigs tomentose and sparsely glandular, tan, becoming gray. Leaf blades 3–12 cm wide, cordate, 3- to 5-lobed, crenate, pubescent and glandular above, more so beneath. Inflorescence spreading, 4- to 12-flowered. Flowers campanulate, 10–15 mm long, greenish-white, tinged with pink, glandular-hairy; calyx lobes lance-elliptic, 3–5 mm long; petals 3–4 mm long, white; stamens as long as petals; styles united to the tip, glabrous. Berry black, 8–15 mm long, glandular-hairy, unpalatable (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants in Montana are variety viscosissimum.

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 325

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Relative Density



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

Moist to wet forests, avalanche slopes, often near streams; montane, lower subalpine(Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Lovaas, A.L. 1957. Mule deer food habits and range use in the Little Belt Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 43 p.
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