WILD BLACK CURRANT

Ribes americanum

CURRANT FAMILY (Grossulariaceae)


Description
This native shrub grows up to 6 feet tall, Its branches are straight and gray (A). The leaves, up to 3 inches long and wide, have 3 lobes. They appear in clusters along the branches, along with bundles of yellowish, dangling tube flowers (B). The fruit is a spherical berry about 3/8th of an inch in diameter; it turns from green to red, and finally to black by late August (C).

Occurrence
Grows along streams, flowering in April and May. In Fontenelle Forest, rare along Stream Trail.

Comments
Also known as American Wild Currant and Wild Currant.



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