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).