Bristly Black Currant
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
General - erect to spreading shrub, 0.5-1 m tall; branches covered with small, sharp prickles, with larger thorns at nodes; older bark cinnamon-coloured.
Leaves - maple-like, 3-4 cm across, heart-shaped base; with 3-5 deeply cut lobes; smooth to sparsely hairy; toothed.
Flowers - 6-15 in drooping clusters; reddish, shallowly saucer-shaped; petals about 1.3 mm long; ovary has gland-tipped bristles; stalks jointed; appearing late May to early June.
Fruit - dark purple or black berries, 5-6 mm across, bristly, with stalked glands; unpleasant taste.
Moist woods and streambanks to open slopes; widespread across western boreal forest.
Distinguishable from other Ribes by persistent prickles on the stem and its bristly fruit.
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