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Ribes quercetorum is a species of currant known by the common names rock gooseberry and oak gooseberry. It is native to the mountains and hills of California from the San Francisco Bay Area south into Baja California and east into Arizona, where it grows in woodlands, chaparral, and dry desert slopes and canyons.

It is a spreading shrub producing arching stems up to 1.5 meters long, the nodes along the stems bearing 1 to 3 spines each up to 1.5 centimeters long. The lightly hairy, glandular leaves are up to 3 centimeters long and are divided into a few lobes which are toothed or lobed at their tips. The inflorescence is a raceme of 2 or 3 small flowers. Each flower has five reflexed yellow sepals around a tube-shaped ring of smaller cream-colored petals. The fruit is an edible black berry just under a centimeter in length.

Written on June 21st, 2012 , Forestry Tags:

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