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Ribes cereum  Douglas
Wax currant
Ribes cereum is a shrub that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Ribes
Family: Grossulariaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Alpine Fell-fields, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Ribes cereum from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (RICE)

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[Wikipedia] Description, Distribution,: Ribes cereum is a species of currant known by the common names wax currant [7] and squaw currant; [8] the pedicellare variety is known as whisky currant. The species is native to western North America. Description Ribes cereum is a spreading or erect shrub growing between 20 centimetres (8 inches) and 2 metres in height.[9] The stems are fuzzy, often very glandular, and lack spines and prickles. The gray-green leaves are somewhat rounded and divided into shallow lobes[8] which are toothed along the edges. The leaves are hairless to quite hairy and usually studded with visible resin glands, particularly around the edges. The inflorescence is a clustered raceme of 2 to 9 flowers. The small flower is tubular with the white to pink sepals curling open at the tips to form a corolla-like structure. Inside there are minute white or pinkish petals, five stamens, and two protruding green styles. The fruit is a rather tasteless orange-red berry [8] up to 1 cm wide, with a characteristically long, dried flower remnant at the end.[9] The plant is aromatic, with a spicy scent.[9] The hairs on much of the plant can contribute to a carrion-like odor.[8] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/19/2024).