Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Eastern Black Currant
Ribes americanum
Family: Grossulariaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2?

Mesic slope forests.

Species Description:
Small shrub with stems erect, unarmed. Leaves broadly truncate to sahllowly cordate at base, 3-5 lobed, gland-dotted beneath and sparsely hairy beneath. Racemes drooping and many flowered. Fruit is black and glabrous.

Flowering Period: Early May to mid July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
There are no nodal spines on twigs. Leaves appeared dotted with red glands. The inflorescences are racemose (arranged in a line on the flowering stem) and the pedicels are jointed at the base of the ovaries, the fruit. Berries are black and hairless.

May tolerate some timber removal if done without excessive soil disturbance (disking/chopping) and if immediate vicinity of plant is protected from debris and direct cutting etc. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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