Ribes viscosissimum, sticky currant



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Intermountain Flora
Shrubs to 2 m tall, unarmed, aromatic; stems erect to spreading, the young twigs finely and densely eglandular-tomentose and sparsely stipitate-glandular, sticky to the touch, becoming glabrate, the bark at first pinkish-red, becoming gray or light brown, eventually becoming reddish-brown following exfoliation of the outer layer; leaves petiolate, the petiole (0.8) 1.5-5 (10) cm long, with dense eglandular and stiptate-glandular pubescence at maturity, the blade (1) 2.6-6.5 (8.5) cm long, (1.7) 3.6-8.5 (10.5) cm wide, suborbicular to reinform, deeply cordate basally, shallowly 3-5 (7)-lobed much less than to nearly half their length, the lobes rounded, the margins coarsely crenate-dentate, sparsely to densely stipitate-glandular and finely tomentose on both surfaces, especially along the veins, to nearly glabrous with just a few glandular hairs; recemes (3) 6-12 (17)-flowered, erect to somewhat drooping; flowers clustered at the end of the penduncle, with sparse to mostly dense eglandular and stipitate-glandular pubescence, subtended by bracts (5) 6-8.5 (12) mm long, these oblanceolate and apically dentate to minutely erose or entire, the pedicels (2.7) 3.5-7 (20) mm long, jointed below the flower; hypanthium (4.5) 5-7 mm long from the top of the ovary to the base of teh sepals, (3.5) 5.5-7.3 mm wide (pressed specimens), bell-shaped to tubular-campanulate, with sparse to dense eglandular and stipitate-glandular pubescence externally, glabrous within, greenish-white to -yellow, sometimes tinged with pink; sepals about the length of the free hypanthium, (3.5) 5-7 mm long, 2.4-3.2 (3.8) mm wide at teh widest point, spreading at anthesis, becoming erect after anthesis, laceolate-elliptic, often rounded, whitish-green, sometimes tinged with pink or purple; petals 2.5-3.5- (4) mm long, 2-2.9 mm wide, orbicular or broadly ovate, narrowed to a short broad claw, inserted at about the same level on the hypanthium as the stamens, glabrous, white or cream; stamens about equal to the petals, the filaments 1.2-2.5 mm long, glabrous, the anthers 1.2-1.8 mm long, glabrous, with a small-shaped gland at the apex; styles 6-9.5 mm long, connate nearly to the stigma, branched near the very tip, glabrous; ovary glabrous (outside our range) to densely stipitate-glandular and usually minutely hairy; berry (8) 10-15 mm in diameter, ovoid, glabrous (outside our range) or with eglandular and stipitate-glandular pubescence, dark bluish-black, almost dry, unplalpable; seeds numerous, 1.9-2.6 mm long; 2n = 16.

Cronquist, A., Holmgren, N.H., and Holmgren, P.K. (1994) "Intermountain Flora" pgs. 25-26, vol. 3, part A, The New York Botanical Garden New York.