Golden currant is an erect, almost glabrous shrub
growing 6'-9' tall. The alternate leaves are typically firm, 3-lobed
with the lobes somewhat rounded, and palmately veined, wedge-shaped
to subcordate at the base, and entire to ± toothed. They
can be as wide as 2" with the petiolate about as long as the leaf
blade. Golden currant is 5-15 flowered in racemes about 3"
long which are subtended by glandular-ciliate bracts. The slender
yellow flowers are odorless, and have five spreading pointed sepals
and five petals yellow and aging to red. The styles are fused
from base to tip. The fruit is a round orange to yellowish glabrous
berry about 1/4" in diameter. This species blooms from February
to April in brushy often alluvial places in southern oak woodland. The
gooseberry family includes both gooseberries and currants. The
easiest way to tell them apart is that gooseberries have prickles and
currants do not. These pictures were taken in the San Gabriel Mts.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Ribes
Pronunciation: RIE-bees AW-ree-um gras-IL-i-mum.
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