Ribes graveolens Bunge - Fragrant currant.

Taxonomic position.

Family: Grossulariaceae Hill, genus: Ribes L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial plant. Stocky bush, with raised branches. Shoots are hairy and densely glandular. Leaves are small, 1-3 (5) cm wide, compact, dingy and wrinkled from above, densely dotted from below with glandules over tomentose pubescence. Racemes are 2-4 (5) cm long, containing 4-10 flowers, with glandular, densely pubescent axis and pedicel. Berry is 8-10 mm in diameter, brown. Blossoms in June and July, bears fruit in August. Self-pollinated, partly insect-pollinated.


Western Siberia: Altai; Eastern Siberia: Angara-Sayan region. Common distribution: northwestern and northern Mongolia.


Sub-Alpine zone, stony slopes and outcrops of stones, sometimes in detritus and moss-lichen tundra.

Utilization and economic value.

Used as a table (vegetable) plant and a source of vitamins. Berries are used for juices, beverages and vines.


Pavlova N. M. Currant and Gooseberries //Cultural Flora of the USSR. Moscow-Leningrad, 1936, v.XYI, p.21-133.
Flora of Siberia. Onocleaceae-Saxifragaceae. / Edited by L.I.Malyshev, G.A.Peshkova. - Novosibirsk: the Science, 1979. - v.1, p. 431.
Flora of the USSR. // Fam. Saxifragaceae. / Edited by V. L. Komarov. - Moscow - Leningrad, AN USSR, 1939 - т. 1X, p. 256-257.

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