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?


Habitat:
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.

Phenology:
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.

Management:
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:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
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