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Ribes indecorum is a species of currant known by the common name white-flowered currant. It is native to the Coast Ranges of California from around Santa Barbara County south into northern Baja California, where it grows in local habitat such as chaparral and coastal sage scrub.

It is an erect shrub approaching three meters in maximum height. The stem is fuzzy and glandular in texture. The deciduous leaves are 1 to 4 centimeters long. The thick, wrinkly blades are divided into three to five toothed lobes, and are hairy, glandular, and aromatic. The inflorescence is a loose raceme of 10 to 25 flowers. The flower is roughly tubular with the white or pink-tinged sepals spreading open to reveal smaller whitish petals inside. The fruit is a hairy, sticky purple berry under a centimeter wide.

Cultivation

The plant is used in natural landscaping.

Written on June 20th, 2012 , Forestry Tags:

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