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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Rosemary Taylor     (Photo ID #70563)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Ribes lobbii
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)
288 212 614
Slope Gradient (%)
13 0 70

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

154 45 337
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 4 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in


Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Grossularia lobbii (A. Gray) Coville & Britton