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Ribes viscosissimum Pursh
sticky currant
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

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Species Information

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Deciduous shrub, loosely branched, 1-2 m tall; stems erect to spreading, glabrous to soft-hairy and more or less stalked-glandular, unarmed; bark dark reddish-brown.
Alternate, rounded, deeply heart-shaped at the base, 3- to 5-lobed much less than half their length, the lobes rounded, coarsely-toothed, soft-hairy and stalked-glandular, 2-10 cm wide; stalks about equal to the blades, finely hairy and glandular.
Inflorescence of 4-16 flowers in an ascending to spreading raceme usually shorter than the leaves; flower stalks 2-3 mm long, jointed below the flowers, densely hairy and stalked-glandular; petals white or cream, broadly egg-shaped to oval, 2.5-4 mm long; hypanthium tubular to bell-shaped, 5-8 mm long; calyces greenish-yellow to yellowish-white, glabrous; styles glabrous, about equaling the stamens.
Berries, egg-shaped, deep bluish-black, 1-1.2 cm long, glabrous to stalked-glandular and more or less hairy.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Black
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry woodlands and forest openings in the montane and subalpine zones; frequent in SC and SE BC; E to AB and S to CO, AZ, and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Ribes viscosissimum

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) 8 1388 2060
Slope Gradient (%) 0 37 110
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 196 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 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: AT(1), BWBS(3), ESSF(86), ICH(53), IDF(37), MS(53), PP(4), SBS(3)


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 viscosissimum var. hallii (Jancz.) Jancz.
Ribes viscosissimum var. viscosissimum

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