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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 9:31 am 
Saw this at Taneum Lake yesterday but can't seem to find it in any guidebooks. Any ideas?


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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 9:43 am 
Looks like a black gooseberry to me.

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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 10:11 am 
It is in the Ribes genus and the fruit and leaves look like black gooseberry. But if so then how come I am not seeing any thorns on the plant. I haven’t ruled out red-flowering currant. https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/ribes-sanguineum

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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 4:35 pm 
Girlfriend has an "app" on her "smart phone" called "Picture This" that immediately returns common and Latin name of flora when you take a picture of the plant.

I'm too dumb for smart phones. I have to use the field guide.

I'm confused on that one, so here you go:

Pacific Coast Berry Finder © 1978 Nature Study Guild pp 41
Pacific Coast Berry Finder © 1978 Nature Study Guild pp 41

(* as an aside: the Evergreen Huckleberries (V. Ovatum) down at Pt. Defiance are ripe and in abundance now.)

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 5:28 am 
Are they edible?

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 8:36 am 
here you go, fourteen410:

My favorite NPS botanist wrote:
The mystery plant is a currant (RIbes), not a blackberry (Rubus), most likely coast currant, R. divaricatum.

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 11:06 am 
Thank you! Never knew currant was anything other than red, but you learn something new every day smile.gif

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 12:13 pm 
Definitely Ribes, but I would go with R. sanguineum because (1) the berry is upright (not hanging as in all of the images of divaricatum), (2) the berry has a distinct waxy bloom, and (3) there are no thorns on the stems.

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 12:32 pm 
Sculpin wrote:
Definitely Ribes, but I would go with R. sanguineum because (1) the berry is upright (not hanging as in all of the images of divaricatum), (2) the berry has a distinct waxy bloom, and (3) there are no thorns on the stems.

You must be right! Plus, the berries are purple in the sanguineum (according to the internet!).

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 12:54 pm 
They aren't good to recharge an ebike.

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PostWed Sep 08, 2021 12:57 am 
Ribes sanguineum, common name red-flowering currant. It is extremely common everywhere around here. While it is called red-flowering, the berries are not red, only flowers are. Berries are black/purple. It is edible, but few find it tasty.

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