Ribes laxiflorum Pursh
trailing black currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Dave Ingram     (Photo ID #2658)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Ribes laxiflorum
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Species Information

Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 0.5-1 (5) m long/tall; stems spreading to decumbent, unarmed, finely crisply short-hairy and with sparse, nearly unstalked glands; bark deep purplish-red.
Alternate, mapleleaf-shaped, deeply heart-shaped at the base, 4-10 cm wide, usually 5-lobed nearly half their length, glabrous on the upper surface, more or less crisply short-hairy and glandular below (at least on the veins), round-toothed; stalks equal to or longer than the blades, glabrous.
Inflorescence of 6-18 flowers in an erect to ascending raceme much shorter than the leaves; flower stalks 0.5-1 mm long, jointed just below the flowers; petals red to purplish, 1-1.5 mm long, broadly kidney- or crescent-shaped; hypanthium shallowly bowl-shaped, about 1 mm long; calyces greenish-white to deep red or purplish, the lobes 2.5-4 mm long, deltoid egg-shaped, hairy on the back and sparsely glandular; styles glabrous, fused to just below or just above the middle, about equaling the stamens.
Berries, egg-shaped, purplish-black, glaucous, 0.6-1 cm long, stalked bristly-glandular.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Ribes laxiflorum

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)
786 2 1969
Slope Gradient (%)
18 0 120

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

344 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 1 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(24), CWH(155), ESSF(142), ICH(52), IDF(1), MH(6), MS(4), SBPS(1), SBS(158), SWB(7)

Habitat and Range

Moist cliffs, rocky slopes, avalanche tracks, forest margins, forests, and clearings in the lowland and montane zones; common in W and E BC, infrequent in C BC; N to S AK and S YT, E to AB and S to ID and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Ribes coloradense Coville