Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry is an evergreen shrub
growing from 3' to 6' tall with long spreading bristly branches that
have three stout, 3/8" to 3/4" spines at each node. The leaves
are alternate, roundish, somewhat lobed to serrate, dark green and shiny
above and lighter green beneath, 1" to 1-1/2" wide, and subglabrous
to ± glandular-hairy. The flowers are drooping in groups of 1-4
with reddish bracts and bristly pedicels. The ovary is inferior, spheric,
and glandular-bristly, and there are four red, ligulate sepals to 3/8"
long, four red petals about as long with inward-curling margins, and
four well-exserted stamens from 1" to 1-1/4" long. The fruit
is a glandular-bristly red to orange berry about 3/8" in diameter.
Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry is a very common and beautiful shrub found
in shaded canyons and woodlands to 1500' in coastal sage scrub and chaparral,
blooming from January to May and ranging from northern Baja to Santa
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Ribes
Pronunciation: RIE-bees spee-see-OH-sum.
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