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.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(1), ESSF(41), MH(3), MS(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Ribes howellii Greene