Ribes cynosbati L.
Family - Grossulariaceae
Stem - Ascending or arching, to 1.5 m. Armed with large spines at nodes. Lower stems often densely bristly-spiny.
Leaves - Petioles with both glandular and eglandular hairs. Blades broadly ovate, lobed, with doubly toothed margins, finely hairy.
Stem and leaf petiole.
Inflorescence - Small umbellate clusters of 1-4 flowers.
Flower - On stalks 5-12 mm long. Hypanthium cylindrical. Petals 1-2 mm long, white. Stamens only slightly exserted from hypanthium. Ovary spinescent.
Fruits - Globose, 6-12 mm, densely spiny, green to pale red, edible and tasty.
Flowering - April - June.
Habitat - Shaded bluffs, bottomland forests.
Origin - Native to North America.
This is one of the less common Missouri species of Ribes, occurring
in scattered counties in the eastern half of the state. When in flower or fruit, it is easily distinguished from
the much more common R. missouriense by its spinescent ovaries and fruits. Also, the flowers
do not have the long-exserted stamens which give flowers of R. missouriense their unusual
appearance. The leaf petioles are also glandular.
Photographs taken at Crawford Estate Conservation Area, Clark County, MO, 7-8-2017, and at Salt Lick Point, Monroe County, IL, 5-1-2018 (SRTurner).