E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Ribes lobbii A. Gray
gummy gooseberry
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 0.5-1 m tall; stems spreading, finely hairy and usually with 3, slender, 7-12 mm long, nodal spines; bark brownish at first, turning deep greyish-red.
Alternate, egg-shaped, shallowly heart-shaped at the base, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, 3-5-lobed less than half their length, the lobes rounded, shallowly cleft and deeply toothed, sparsely hairy or glabrous on the upper surface, more or less hairy and glandular below; stalks equal to or slightly shorter than the blades, glabrous.
Inflorescence of 1-2 flowers in a drooping raceme on stalks shorter than the leaves; flower stalks 1.5-2 mm long, not jointed below the flowers, densely bristly-glandular; petals white or pinkish, broadly fan-shaped, usually inrolled on the edges, 4-6 mm long; hypanthium narrowly bell-shaped, 3.5-5.5 mm long; calyces red, the lobes 10-13 mm long, narrowly oblong, pointed, hairy; styles glabrous, fused to just below or just above the middle, about equaling the stamens.
Berries, round to elliptic, reddish-brown, 12-15 mm long, coarsely bristly-glandular.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry streambanks, rock outcrops, open woodlands and forests in the lowland and montane zones; locally frequent on S Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Ribes lobbii

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) 212 288 614
Slope Gradient (%) 0 13 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
45 154 337
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 4 5
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: CWH(34)

Ecological Indicator Information

Shade-intolerant, submontane to subalpine, Western North American deciduous shrub distributed more in the Pacific than the Cordilleran region. Species occurs in maritime to submaritime cool mesothermal climates on very dry to moderately dry, nitrogen-medium soils; their occurrence decreases with increasing elevation, precipitation, and continentality. Sporadic to scattered in early-seral communities and open-canopy Douglas-fir forests on water-shedding sites. Characteristic of moisture­deficient sites.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)


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 cool mesothermal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Grossularia lobbii (A. Gray) Coville & Britton

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