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Ribes sericeum is a species of currant known by the common name Lucia gooseberry, or Santa Lucia gooseberry; its Latin epithet of sericeum means “of silk”.[2] It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the Santa Lucia Mountains along the Central Coast and an additional disjunct occurrence in Santa Barbara County.[3]

It grows on streambanks in forests and scrub habitat. It is an erect shrub growing one to two meters tall, its stems densely hairy and covered in prickles and glandular bristles. Nodes along the stem bear three spines each which may be over a centimeter long. The leaves are up to 4 centimeters long and are divided into several lobes with toothed edges. The leaves are hairy and glandular, especially on the undersides. The inflorescence is a solitary flower or a raceme of 2 or 3 flowers. Each flower has five reflexed green, red-tinged or red sepals around a tube-shaped ring of smaller whitish petals. The fruit is a purple berry up to 2.5 centimeters long which is covered in bristles.

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    05 July 2012 at 04:08

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