Saxifragaceae Ribes inerme

Ribes inerme

Ribes inerme

Family: Saxifragaceae – Saxifrage Family

Shrubs; 2.5' 6.6' (7.5 to 20 dm) tall with spines in the nodes

Leaves: alternate; simple; palmately lobed or toothed; has hairs; 0.32” to 3.6” (0.8 to 9 cm) long

Flowers: 5 (sometimes 4) white petals 0.04” to 0.06” (1 to 1.5 mm) long, often smaller than the sepals; 5 sepals, mostly petaloid; stamens 5, alternate with the petals; 2 styles; the sepals, petals, and stamens are borne on a floral cup or hypanthium which is cup-shaped or tubular

Pollinators: insects

Fruits: berry

Blooms in Arches National Park: May, June

Habitat in Arches National Park: pinyon-juniper communities

Location seen: Fiery Furnace

Other: This is an extremely variable family. The genus name, “Ribes”, is from the Arabic “ribas” which means “acid-tasting” referring to the edible but tart fruit. The species name, “inerme”, means “not spiny, unarmed”.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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