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Wax currant

Ribes cereum


This was a large specimen. Some of the limbs were almost 3 meters long (pic 3). Typically this spreading shrub will grow to about 2 meters. The leaves are fan shaped and studded with resin glands. The red berries are edible, though known to be rather tasteless.


Spotted near the Umtanum Creek in eastern Washington. Sagebrush steppe habitat with Ponderosa pine nearby in the canyons. 2000 ft. Found in western North America.


The Zuni people use the berries of the pedicellare variety as food, and eat the leaves with uncooked mutton fat or deer fat.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 46.90, Long: -120.64

Spotted on Jun 20, 2018
Submitted on Nov 5, 2018

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