Ribes velutinum


Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. 1: 83. 1885 ,.

Common names: Desert gooseberry
Synonyms: Grossularia velutina (Greene) Coville & Britton Ribes gooddingii M. Peck Ribes velutinum var. glanduliferum (A. Heller) Jepson Ribes velutinum var. gooddingii (M. Peck) C. L. Hitchcock
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 27. Mentioned on page 13, 28, 29.

Plants 0.5–2 m. Stems spreading, (densely and intricately branched), glabrous or copiously pubescent when young; spines at nodes 1–3, 5–20 mm; prickles on internodes absent. Leaves: petiole 0.2–1.5(–3.3) cm, pilose and glandular or stipitate-glandular; blade nearly orbiculate to cordate or reniform, 3–5-lobed, cleft 1/3–1/2(–3/4) to midrib, 0.5–2 cm, base broadly truncate to cordate, surfaces glabrous or finely pubescent and slightly glandular-puberulent, lobes cuneate, margins entire or 2–3-toothed, apex rounded. Inflorescences spreading, solitary flowers or 2(–3)-flowered racemes, 0.5–1 cm (much shorter than leaves), axis pubescent, flowers evenly spaced. Pedicels not jointed, 1–3(–4) mm, glabrous, pubescent, or glandular-pubescent; bracts lanceolate-ovate, 1–2 mm, pubescent. Flowers: hypanthium whitish or yellowish, sometimes pink tinged, tubular to slightly campanulate, 1–2.5(–2.8) mm, glabrous, pubescent, or stipitate-glandular and pubescent abaxially, glabrous adaxially, becoming indurate; sepals not overlapping, spreading to nearly erect, yellow to pinkish, oblong, 1–2 mm; petals nearly connivent, erect, white or yellowish, elliptic-oblanceolate or oblong-obovate to spatulate, not conspicuously revolute or inrolled, 1.5–2.5 mm; nectary disc greenish or cream, raised, roundish, covering much of ovary; stamens nearly as long as petals; filaments linear, 0.6–1.1 mm, glabrous; anthers pale yellow to light violet, oval, 0.5–1.2 mm, apex blunt or with punctate notch; ovary usually densely crisped-puberulent and stipitate-glandular, rarely glabrous; styles completely connate, 3 mm, glabrous or finely pubescent. Berries palatable, yellow, becoming purple or dark reddish, globose, 4–9.5 mm, glabrous, sparsely to densely pubescent, or sparsely to densely stipitate-glandular pubescent.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun.
Habitat: Sagebrush scrub, pinyon-juniper woodland, yellow pine forests
Elevation: 300-3500 m


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Ariz., Calif., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wash.


The leaves of Ribes velutinum are thick and leathery.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Nancy R. Morin +
Greene +
Desert gooseberry +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +, Utah +  and Wash. +
300-3500 m +
Sagebrush scrub, pinyon-juniper woodland, yellow pine forests +
Flowering Mar–Jun. +
Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. +
Grossularia velutina +, Ribes gooddingii +, Ribes velutinum var. glanduliferum +  and Ribes velutinum var. gooddingii +
Ribes velutinum +
species +