Ribes bracteosum Douglas ex Hook.
stink currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #2427)


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Distribution of Ribes bracteosum
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Species Information

Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 1-3 m tall; stems more or less erect, unarmed, covered with round, yellow, crystalline glands; bark brownish.
Alternate, mapleleaf-shaped, 3-22 cm long, 3-24 cm wide, 5- to 7-lobed, the lobes cleft almost half their length, sparsely hairy to glabrous except for yellow glands; stalks from shorter to much longer than the blades, sparsely hairy.
Inflorescence of numerous flowers in a 10-30 cm long, ascending to erect raceme; flower stalks 5-12 mm long, jointed, subtended by 1-3 small bracteoles, the lower ones often leaflike; petals white, 0.5-0.8 mm long, fan-shaped with an oblong basal claw; hypanthium widely flared and deeply saucer-shaped, 1.2-1.5 mm long; calyces brownish-purple or greenish, rarely nearly white, the lobes narrowly egg-shaped to oblong-lanceolate, 3-4 mm long; styles glabrous or hairy, about equaling the stamens and petals.
Berries, nearly round, blue-black with a whitish bloom, 0.8-1.2 cm long, glandular.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Ribes bracteosum

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)
296 0 2050
Slope Gradient (%)
13 0 85

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

25 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 2 8
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(3), CDF(28), CWH(429), ESSF(20), ICH(15), IDF(8), MH(21), MS(10), PP(2), SBS(19)

Habitat and Range

Moist woodlands, forests, streambanks, shorelines, thickets and avalanche tracks in the lowland to the subalpine zones; frequent on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland, mostly west of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; N to S AK and S to CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia