Ribes rotundifolium


Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 110. 1803 ,.

Common names: Wild gooseberry
Synonyms: Grossularia rotundifolia (Michaux) Coville & Britton
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 41. Mentioned on page 13.

Plants 0.7–1.5 m. Stems erect to recurving, (rooting at tips), glabrous; spines at nodes absent or sometimes 1–2, 3–11 mm; prickles on internodes absent (rarely present). Leaves: petiole 0.8–2 cm, glabrous or short-pilose; blade obovate to rotund, 3-lobed, cleft 1/2 to midrib, 1.5–5 cm, base widely cuneate to truncate, surfaces glabrous or puberulent, lobes oblong, margins with rounded teeth, apex acute. Inflorescences pendent, solitary flowers or 2–3-flowered racemes, 3–5 cm, axis glabrous or sparsely stipitate-glandular. Pedicels not jointed, 4–7 mm, glabrous; bracts ovate, 1.5–2 mm, glabrous or with few short glands. Flowers: hypanthium green, tubular-campanulate to narrowly tubular, 1.5–2.5 mm, glabrous; sepals not overlapping, reflexed, green suffused with red, oblanceolate, 3.5–5 mm; petals not connivent, erect, cream with green or reddish tint, spatulate-obovate, not conspicuously revolute or inrolled, 2–2.5 mm; nectary disc not prominent; stamens 2.5–4 times longer than petals; filaments linear, 6–8 mm, pilose; anthers cream, oblong-oval, 1 mm, apex rounded; ovary glabrous; styles connate to middle, 6–8 mm, villous in proximal 1/2. Berries palatable, pale purple, globose, 7–12 mm, glabrous.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jun.
Habitat: Rich woods, rocky slopes, boulderfields, heath and grassy balds
Elevation: 0-2100 m


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Conn., D.C., Ga., Md., Mass., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Pa., S.C., Tenn., Va., W.Va.


Ribes rotundifolium is known mainly from the Appalachian Mountains.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Nancy R. Morin +
Michaux +
Wild gooseberry +
Conn. +, D.C. +, Ga. +, Md. +, Mass. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Va. +  and W.Va. +
0-2100 m +
Rich woods, rocky slopes, boulderfields, heath and grassy balds +
Flowering Apr–Jun. +
Fl. Bor.-Amer. +
Grossularia rotundifolia +
Ribes rotundifolium +
species +