Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ribes cereum (Wax Currant, Squaw Currant)

7/3/16 North Lake Road, Bishop region, Eastern Sierra,
Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA

 7/3/16 North Lake Road

 7/3/16 North Lake Road


COMMON NAME: Was Currant, Squaw Currant

SPECIES: Ribes cereum

FAMILY: Grossulariaceae (Gooseberry Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 7/3/2016

LOCATION: North Lake Road, Bishop region, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, 
Inyo County, CA


Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Shrub, generally < 4 m. 

Stem: generally erect; nodal spines 0--9; internodal bristles generally 0; twigs generally hairy, generally glandular. 

Leaf: simple, alternate, generally clustered on short, lateral branchlets, petioled, generally deciduous; blade generally palmately 3--5-lobed, generally thin, generally dentate or serrate, base generally cordate. 

Inflorescence: raceme, axillary, generally pendent, 1--25-flowered; pedicel generally not jointed to ovary, generally hairy or glandular; bract generally green. 

Flower: bisexual, radial; hypanthium tube exceeding ovary; sepals generally 5, generally spreading; petals generally 5, generally < sepals, generally flat; stamens generally 5, alternate petals, generally inserted at level of petals (hypanthium top), anthers generally free, generally +- not exceeding petals, generally glabrous, tips generally rounded; ovary inferior, chamber 1, ovules many, styles generally 2, generally fused except at tip, generally glabrous. 

Fruit: berry. 

Genera In Family: 1 genus, 120 species: northern hemisphere, temperate South America. Some cultivated as food, ornamental. 

Note: Hypanthium data refer to part above ovary; statements about ovary hairs actually refer to the hypanthium around the ovary. At one time included in Saxifragaceae. 

eFlora Treatment Author: Michael R. Mesler & John O. Sawyer, Jr.

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