Fuchsia-flowered currant

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Fuchsia-flowered currant
Fuchsia-flowered currant (Ribes speciosum)

Fuchsia-flowered currant ( Ribes speciosum )

Nuclear eudicotyledons
Order : Saxifragales (Saxifragales)
Family : Gooseberry Family (Grossulariaceae)
Genre : Currants ( ribes )
Type : Fuchsia-flowered currant
Scientific name
Ribes speciosum

The fuchsia-flowered currant ( Ribes speciosum ) is a species of the gooseberry family (Grossulariaceae).


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 .


Individual evidence

  1.  Originally described and published in Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 731-732. 1814 [1813]. Name - Ribes speciosum Pursh. In: Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden , accessed February 9, 2012 .

Web links

Commons : Fuchsia-flowered currant ( Ribes speciosum )  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Ribes speciosum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), USDA , ARS , National Genetic Resources Program. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.