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Ribes divaricatum (spreading gooseberry)
Scientific classification

The range of Ribes
Eloise Harriet Stannard: Still life with red currants (1900)

Ribes is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants. They are native throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the only genus in the family Grossulariaceae.[1] Seven subgenera are recognized.

Sometimes Ribes is instead put in the family Saxifragaceae. A few taxonomists place the gooseberry species in a separate genus of Grossularia.

Cultivation[change | change source]

The genus Ribes includes the edible currants (blackcurrant, redcurrant, white currant), gooseberry, and several hybrid varieties. It should not be confused with the dried currant used in cakes and puddings, which is a cultivar of small grape (Zante currant). Ribes gives its name to the popular blackcurrant cordial Ribena.

The genus also includes the group of ornamental plants collectively known as the flowering currants, for instance R. sanguineum.

References[change | change source]

  1. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-07-06.

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