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Ribes nevadense (orth. var. R. nevadaense[2]) is a species of currant known by the common names Sierra currant and mountain pink currant.


Ribes nevadense is native to several of the mountain ranges in California, including the Peninsular Ranges, the Klamath Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada, its distribution extending into western Nevada. It may occur in Oregon, as well.[2] It grows in forest habitat.


Ribes nevadense is an erect shrub growing 1 to 2 meters tall. The glandular leaves are up to 8 centimeters long and are divided shallowly into a few dully toothed lobes. The inflorescence is a dense raceme of up to 20 flowers hanging pendent or held erect on the branches. Each flower has opens into a corolla-like array of five pinkish red sepals with five smaller white petals in a tube at the center. The fruit is an edible blue-black berry under a centimeter wide. It is somewhat waxy in texture and studded with glandular hairs.

Written on June 21st, 2012 , Forestry Tags:

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