Ribes montigenum

(Red Prickly Currant)

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Ribes montigenum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 9676

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Ribes montigenum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4510

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Ribes montigenum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4523

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Ribes montigenum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 9673

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Ribes montigenum, Boreas Pass, Summit Co. 7653

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Leaves, Ribes montigenum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4525

Scientific Name Ribes montigenum USDA PLANTS Symbol RIMO2
Common Name Red Prickly Currant, Gooseberry, Mountain Gooseberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 24486
Family Grossulariaceae (Gooseberry) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8500 to 13200 ft); slopes and open areas, spruce forests.
Plant: Deciduous shrub to 2 feet tall, spreading, spiny branches.
Leaves: Deeply cleft into toothed, sticky, hairy lobes with spines at the leaf/stem apex; on petioles 1/4 to 1-1/2 inches long.
Inflorecence: Hanging racemes of 3 to 8 pink to coral, bell-shaped, bristly blossoms with 5 flared petals and yellow stamens.
Bloom Period: May to August.
Fruit: Red-orange, round, bristly berries 1/5 to 3/8-inch across.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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