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Ribes marshallii is a species of currant known by the common names Hupa gooseberry and Marshall’s gooseberry. It is endemic to the Klamath Mountains of southern Oregon and northern California, where it grows in mountain coniferous forests. It is a shrub producing arching stems 1 to 2 meters long which may root at the tip when it reaches moist substrate. Nodes on the stem bear three spines each up to a centimeter long. The lightly hairy leaves are roughly three centimeters long and are divided into a few widely toothed lobes. Glandular hairs occur on veins and leaf margins. The inflorescence is a solitary flower or raceme of up to three flowers which hang pendent from the branches.from leaf axils. The small, showy flower has five pointed purple-red sepals which are reflexed upward. At the center is a tubular corolla of bright yellow petals from which emerge five stamens and two thin, mostly fused styles. The fruit is a prickly oblong berry up to 2 centimeters long which ripens to dark red in color.

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