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Ribes glandulosum Grauer
skunk currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

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Species Information

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Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 0.5-1 m tall; stems spreading, unarmed; bark brownish.
Alternate, mapleleaf-shaped, heart-shaped at the base, 3-8 cm wide, 5- to 7-lobed slightly over half their length, glabrous; stalks about equal to or slightly longer than the blades.
Inflorescence of 6-15 flowers in an erect raceme more or less equal to the leaves; flower stalks not jointed below the flowers, with stalked glands; petals white to pink, 1-1.5 mm long, egg-shaped; hypanthium saucer-shaped, 0.7-0.9 mm long; calyces white to rose, 2-2.5 mm long, the lobes narrowly oblong, 1-1.5 mm long; styles hairy, about equaling the stamens.
Berries, nearly round, dark red, 6-8 mm long, with stalked glands.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist woodlands, forests, rocky slopes, clearings and roadsides in the montane zone; frequent in NE and E BC south to 52degreeN; N to AK, YT and SW NT, E to NF and S to NC and MN.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Ribes glandulosum

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 6 1047 1890
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 115
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 34 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 4 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(49), CWH(6), ESSF(161), ICH(65), IDF(5), MH(2), MS(9), SBPS(5), SBS(178), SWB(6)


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

Ribes prostratum L'Hér.
Ribes resinosum Pursh

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