Wax currant, aka squaw currant, is a compact
but erect, many-branched, fragrant shrub that grows to about 4' tall.
The first thing one would probably notice that would distinguish
this taxon is the absence of nodal spines, which is a feature that separates
the gooseberries from the currants, although all are genus Ribes.
Then the cup- to tube-shaped hypanthium, non-yellow sepals, and red
fruit identifies this as species cereum. The radial flowers are
greenish-white to pink with very small petals and sepals, the sepals
generally spreading, the petals minute and rounded. The hypanthium is
more than twice as long as wide, and the flowers typically occur in
clusters of 3-7. Twigs are glandular pubescent, and the alternate, simple
leaves are round to kidney-