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Alpine Currant


A twig of Alpine Currants

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. alpinum
Binomial name
Ribes alpinum
L.
Synonyms

Ribes lucidum Kit.

Ribes alpinum, or Alpine Currant, is a small deciduous shrub native to central and northern Europe from Finland and Norway south to the Alps and Pyrenees; in the south of its range, it is confined to high altitudes. It is scarce in western Europe, in Britain being confined to a small number of sites in northern England and Wales.[1]

It grows to 2 m tall and 1.5 m broad, with an upright and dense shape. The bark is initially smooth and light grey, later it becomes brownish grey and eventually starts to flake off. The buds are scattered, compressed and light green to white. The leaves are palmate. The upper side of the leaves are dark green with scattered hair, while the bottom is light green. The male and female flowers are on distinct specimens. Both kinds of flowers are organized in clusters in the corners of the leaves, where the male's are the longest. The individual flowers are small and greenish-yellow. The fruit is red, clear and resembles a redcurrant, but has an insipid taste. The seeds germinate readily.

An Alpine Currant hedge at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Ribes alpinum

Taxonavigation

Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Unassigned core eudicots
Ordo: Saxifragales
Familia: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Subgenus: Ribes subg. Berisia
Sectio: Ribes sect. Berisia
Species: Ribes alpinum

Name

Ribes alpinum L.

References

  • Species Plantarum 1:200. 1753
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Vernicular names

Eesti: Mage s├Ástar
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