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Ribes thacherianum, with the common name Santa Cruz gooseberry, or Santa Cruz Island gooseberry, is an uncommon species of currant.

Description

Ribes thacherianum is an erect shrub growing to a maximum height around 2.5 meters. The stems are coated in soft light hairs and bristles, and many of the stem nodes bear hard spines. The leaves are 2 to 3 centimeters long and shallowly divided into five dully toothed lobes.

The inflorescence is made up of one or two flowers. Each flower has five reflexed pink sepals around a tube made up of smaller white petals. The stamens and stigmas protrude from the corolla. The fruit is a purple berry about 7 millimeters wide which is covered densely in bristles and hairs.

Distribution

Ribes thacherianum is endemic to Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands of California, where it grows in the pine woodlands of the coastal ravines.

Written on June 21st, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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