Black Currant Ribes americanum
Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage)
Other names: American Black Currant
There are several other species of Currant (and the closely related
Gooseberries, which have bristly and thorny stems) and they all have
maple-like leaves. Black Currant has very distinctive twigs,
powdery gray and with vertical ridges extending down from the center of
the leaf scar. It grows in wetter areas, such as floodplains.
It is a short shrub, up to waist height, but usually shorter, and
often with a single stem (though many can grow in close proximity).
Winter twig of Black Currant
Lateral bud and leaf scar. Notice how a ridge descends from the middle of the leaf scar
Another view of the winter twig of Black Currant.
They are often covered with a sort of powder that easily rubs off.
Another view of a lateral bud, on an older stem.
Eventually the vertical lines are lost on older bark.
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