Moreno Currant, San Diego Currant
(Ribes canthariforme )
Photo Copyright 1995 Saint Mary's College of California
Description: Deciduous, erect, open shrub, 3.2 - 6.4 feet (1-2 meters) tall. Leaves 3-lobed with scalloped edges, thick, bright green, heart-shaped at base, and 1 1/2 - 2 3/8 inches (4-6cm) wide. Leaves have long, soft hairs on both sides, but more dense on the bottom. Petioles (leaf stalk) are1 - 1 3/8 inches (2.5 - 3.5 cm) long. Inflorescence is a raceme, 1 1/8 - 2 3/8 inches (3-6cm) long, with many rose-purple flowers. Petals are < 1/16 inch (1mm) long, and sepals are spoon-shaped and 1/16 inch long. Fruit is a round-oval, purple berry, 2/8 inch (5-6mm) diameter, with a few long, soft, white hairs
Habitat: Chaparral. Elevation 1088 - 3840 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms February - April.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B