Ribes rubrum

Family (Traditional)Grossulariaceae
Species:Ribes rubrum L.
Common NameCultivated Currant
Growth Habitshrub
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: Yes; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: shrub; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: palmate; Leaflet Margins: crenate; Leaflet Margins: lobed; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Pink; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Berry; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Hypanthium Present: No; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Pistil Number: 1; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 4; Stamen Number: 5
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; TN[SNA] (State Rank); G4G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Ribes sativum Ribes sativum Syme
Ribes sylvestre Ribes sylvestre Mert. & Koch
Ribes vulgare Ribes vulgare K.Koch

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Campbell (KY), Clinton (KY), Harlan (KY), Cocke (TN), Hawkins (TN), Unicoi (TN), Washington (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, KNK, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1994 - 1999

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-011346 Washington Tennessee
Ribes sativum
31234100458437 Clinton Kentucky 07 Aug 1999 Mark A. Gorton
Ribes sativum
TENN-V-0113467 Cocke Tennessee
Ribes sativum
N/A Harlan Kentucky 24 Jun 1994 Bryce D. Fields
Ribes sativum
TENN-V-0113469 Hawkins Tennessee
Ribes sativum
31973000013881 Campbell Kentucky
Ribes rubrum
APSC0003266 Unicoi Tennessee 00 June 1938 Otis skiles, E. J. Rice, and Loyd Branch
Ribes sativum
TENN-V-0113468 Washington Tennessee
Ribes sativum
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