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Wax currant

Ribes cereum

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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Brian38
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Brian38

Washington, USA

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

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