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Moreno Currant
Ribes canthariforme
About Moreno Currant (Ribes canthariforme) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Ribes canthariforme is a rare North American species of currant known by the common name Moreno currant. The plant is native to southern California, having been found in San Diego County, California (Laguna Mountains and surrounding slopes) and in western Riverside County (Elsinore and San Jacinto Mountains). It is a member of the local chaparral plant community. The most recent estimates indicate that there are about 70 individual plants remaining. Most of these occur on land within Cleveland National Forest, and since there are few serious threats the species is not otherwise specifically protected. Ribes canthariforme is a mostly erect shrub growing 1 to 2. 5 meters tall. The stems are fuzzy and glandular and lack spines and prickles. The thick, densely hairy leaves are 4 to 6 centimeters (1. 6-2. 4 inches) long, generally rounded and divided into three lobes. The leaves are finely textured with wrinkled edges lined with gland-tipped teeth. The inflorescence is a dense, erect, spikelike raceme of up to 25 flowers. The flower is somewhat tubular with five dark-veined pinkish purple sepals spreading into a corolla-like array at the tips. At the center are smaller pale purple petals. The fruit is a purple berry about half a centimeter (0. 2 inch) wide, coated in hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 - 8.2 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Brown, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 28 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 13.4" - 23.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.31" - 2.04", Coldest Month: 42.5" - 49.6", Hottest Month: 70.4" - 80.6", Humidity: 2.09" - 27.49", Elevation: 1634" - 4698"

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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