E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Ribes inerme Rydb. var. inerme
white-stemmed gooseberry (whitestem gooseberry)
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Ribes inerme var. inerme
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Species Information

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Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 1-2 m tall; stems erect, usually glabrous, unarmed except for a few, 4-10 mm long, nodal spines; bark greyish, flaky, red underneath.
Alternate, mostly egg-shaped, rounded to heart-shaped at the base, 2-8 cm wide, shallowly 3-5-lobed, also with a smaller, lower unequal lobe, glabrous or sometimes sparsely hairy, coarsely toothed; stalks about equal to or slightly longer than the blades, sparsely hairy and with a few stalked, glandular hairs.
Inflorescence of 1-4 flowers in a drooping raceme shorter than the leaves; flower stalks 3-7 mm long, not jointed below the flowers; petals white, 1-1.5 mm long, oblong or egg-shaped; hypanthium tubular bell-shaped, 2.5-3.5 mm long; calyces greenish-white, glabrous or hairy; styles soft-hairy to or above the middle, about equaling the stamens.
Berries, round, reddish-purple, 7-9 mm long, glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry streambanks, woodlands and forests in the lowland, montane and subalpine zones; locally frequent in S BC; E to AB and S to MT, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Grossularia inermis (Rydb.) Coville & Britt.
Grossularia inermis var. pubescens Berger
Ribes divaricatum var. inerme (Rydb.) McMinn
Ribes inerme var. subarmatum M.E. Peck
Ribes valicola Greene ex Rydb.

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