Ribes acerifolium Howell
maple-leaved currant (mapleleaf currant; maple-leaved blackcurrant)
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #26249)


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Distribution of Ribes acerifolium
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Species Information

Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 0.5-1.1 m tall; stems erect to spreading, unarmed; bark brownish.
Alternate, mapleleaf-shaped, 2-7 cm long, 3-8 cm wide, 5-lobed, the lobes cleft almost half their length, finely hairy and usually with unstalked or shortly stalked glands; leaf stalks more or less equal to the blades in length, finely hairy.
Inflorescence of 7- to 15-flowered, drooping racemes; flower stalks jointed under the ovary and usually subtended by 1-3 small bracteoles at the tips; petals red, egg-shaped, 1-1.5 mm long, spreading with the sepals; hypanthium shallowly bowl-shaped, somewhat glandular, 1.2-1.5 mm long; calyces greenish, the lobes broadly oblong to egg-shaped, 2.5-3 mm long; styles glabrous, about equaling the stamens and petals.
Berries, round, black with a whitish bloom, up to 1 cm long, slightly hairy and sparsely glandular.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Ribes acerifolium

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




Elevation (metres)
1527 821 1840
Slope Gradient (%)
35 0 65

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

116 0 346
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 1 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

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

BWBS(1), ESSF(41), MH(3), MS(2)

Habitat and Range

Moist meadows and streambanks in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in extreme SW BC on the mainland and rare in SE BC; S to ID and OR.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Ribes howellii Greene