Skunk Currant (Ribes rotundifolium)

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Skunk Currant (Ribes glandulosum)

Skunk Currant is an uncommon small deciduous prickly shrub found in North Carolina only in wet spots, such as seeps, at high elevations in the Mountains.

Grayson Co., VA 7/25/10.

Skunk Currant (Ribes glandulosum)

The common name comes from the skunky smell of the plant, such as when leaves are crushed. Also known as Mountain Currant

Grayson Co., VA 7/25/10.

Skunk Currant (Ribes glandulosum)

The berries are red when ripe and covered with bristles and stalked glands. They are reported to be edible, but not enjoyable — skunky in smell and taste.

Grayson Co., VA 7/25/10.

More information:
Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest
Northern Ontario Plant Database

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