Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Deciduous shrubs. Leaves alternate, palmately 3- or 5-lobed; stipules absent. Flowers bisexual, or rarely unisexual, in racemes or small axillary clusters; sepals larger than petals; stamens 5; styles 2, fused near base; ovary inferior. Fruit a berry.

About 150 species from the Northern Hemisphere; 2 species naturalised in Australia, others e.g. R. nigrum L. (Blackcurrant) and R. rubrum L. (Redcurrant) grown for their fruit and R. sanguineum Pursh. for its flowers (the latter naturalised in Tasmania).

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
Higher taxa
genus Ribes
Subordinate taxa