Fuchsia-flowered currant ( Ribes speciosum )
The fuchsia-flowered currant is a deciduous, thorny shrub that reaches heights and diameters of up to 2 meters. Young shoots are red. The plant is sensitive to frost. The thorns are 10 to 20 millimeters long.
The alternate leaves arranged on the branches are divided into a petiole and a leaf blade. The petiole is 0.5 to 2 inches long. The glossy green leaf blade is oval with a length of 1 to 3.5 centimeters and three-lobed to five-lobed with a wedge-shaped blade base. The gaps between the lobes are narrow and the tips are rounded. The leaf margin has a few flat teeth.
The flowering time is in late winter. The flowers stand individually or in pairs to four in 2 to 7 centimeters long, paniculate inflorescences . The bracts are broadly ovate with a length of 4 to 8 millimeters. The flower stalks have a length of 8 to 12 millimeters. The pendulous flowers are red, narrow, wider than long, four-fold with a double flower envelope . The four red sepals are erect and 6 to 10 millimeters long. The four red petals are erect and oblong, have a wavy edge on the inside, and reach a size of 6 to 10 millimeters. The bare stamens are linear and reach a length of 12 to 40 millimeters. Their long stamens are red and twice to four times as long as the petals. The purple or red anthers are oval with a length of 2 millimeters and have a rounded tip.
The red, densely hairy, glandular berries are round with a diameter of 10 to 12 millimeters.
The fuchsia-flowered currant comes from California .
- Description at Flora of North America. Volume 8.
- Gordon Cheers (Ed.): Botanica. The ABC of plants. 10,000 species in text and images . Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft, 2003, ISBN 3-8331-1600-5 , p. 777 .
- Originally described and published in Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 731-732. 1814 . Name - Ribes speciosum Pursh. In: Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden , accessed February 9, 2012 .