Ribes cereum Douglas
White Currant (currant; Stink Currant; wax currant)
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

Photograph

© Vanessa Robinson     (Photo ID #81298)


Map

E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Ribes cereum
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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC

Ribes cereum var. cereum

Species Information

General:
Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 0.5-1.5 m tall; stems erect to spreading, unarmed, finely short-hairy and often with short, stalked glands; bark greyish-brown to reddish-brown.
Leaves:
Alternate, nearly kidney-shaped to broadly fan-shaped, 0.5-3.5 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, shallowly 3- to 5-lobed and toothed, glabrous or with short, stalked glands; stalks about equal to the blades.
Flowers:
Inflorescence of 2-8 flowers in tight clusters on stalks shorter than the leaves; flower stalks subtended by 1-3 small, hairy, toothed bracteoles; petals white to pink, fan-shaped to spoon-shaped, 1-2 mm long; hypanthium nearly cylindric, 5-9 mm long; calyces white to greenish-white, the lobes egg-shaped to deltoid, 1.5-3 mm long; styles somewhat fused nearly to the stigmas.
Fruits:
Berries, egg-shaped, dull to bright red, 6-8 mm long, glabrous to sparsely glandular.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
White
Blooming Period:
Early Summer
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Red
Present from Spring to Fall
Source:  The USDA

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Ribes cereum

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Avg

Min

Max

Elevation (metres)
845 250 1830
Slope Gradient (%)
31 0 105

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

228 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
285
Modal BEC Zone Class
IDF

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BG(53), ESSF(5), ICH(2), IDF(103), MS(18), PP(99)

Habitat and Range

Dry shrublands, rocky slopes and open forests in the steppe and the lower montane zones; frequent in SC BC; S to MT, ID, NV, AZ and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia