Ribes uva-crispa L.


Sp. Pl. 201 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Intricately branched shrub to c. 2 m high, sometimes thicket-forming. Stems armed with stout spines (often paired or in 3s) to c. 1 cm long. Leaves orbicular to broadly ovate in outline, c. 2–5 cm diam., usually divided to c. midway into 3 or 5 lobes, the margins variably incised; lower or both surfaces with rather sparse, soft, ± erect hairs; petioles often with glandular bristles toward base. Flowers solitary or in small clusters in axils; sepals ± oblong, 5–7 mm long, pale green or tinged pink, persistent in fruit; petals white, smaller than sepals. Fruit globular, 10–15 mm diam., dappled green and yellow or reddish when ripe, usually hispid at least when young. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*HSF, *SnM. Also naturalised NSW. Native to southern Europe. Recorded as naturalised near Tom Groggin (on the upper Murray River) and aberfeldy, probably from bird-dispersed seed. Cultivated in cool areas for its tart fruit.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Grossulariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-10-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
genus Ribes
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Ribes uva-crispa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ribes uva-crispa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

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New South Wales