Information About Alpine Currant, Ribes Alpinum,

Ribes Alpine currant

Alpine currant ( Ribes alpinum ) is about one-meter high shrub-like red currant bush. It differs from its relatives, gooseberries, and currants, by rule, be dioecious. Pistil and stamens in both male and female flowers, but are not fully developed.

Scientific name:

Prunus armeniaca

Ribes alpinum, or Alpine Currant, is a small deciduous shrub native to central and northern Europe from Finland and Norway south to the Alps and Pyrenees; in the south of its range, it is confined to high altitudes. It is scarce in western Europe, in Britain being confined to a small number of sites in northern England and Wales.
It grows to 2 m tall and 1.5 m broad, with an upright and dense shape. The bark is initially smooth and light grey, later it becomes brownish-grey and eventually starts to flake off. The buds are scattered, compressed, and light green to white. The leaves are palmate. The upper side of the leaves is dark green with scattered hair, while the bottom is light green. The male and female flowers are on distinct specimens. Both kinds of flowers are organized in clusters in the corners of the leaves, where the males are the longest. The individual flowers are small and greenish-yellow. The fruit is red, clear, and resembles a redcurrant, but has an insipid taste. The seeds germinate readily.

The shrub grows from 1 to 2.5 m high, a bit unwell and have nice arms. The leaves are quite small, treflikade and bald, shiny children. The flowers are bright yellow, bowl-shaped and more upturned than in other species. The fruit is a beautiful bright red like red currants, but have a bit sticky juice and an insipid taste too overwhelming, so this plant is grown little for the fruit’s sake.
Of this species there are separate male and female bushes, but there are also shrubs with both male and female flowers. The male flowers form larger and richer upward trusses with 10-30 flowers, while female bushes inflorescences are more modest with 2-5 flowers.


Alpine currant is a meter-high bush without thorns. The branches are usually weak and widespread. The leaves are small, shallow treflikiga and especially on the underside shiny. Alpine currant flowers in May-June with pale yellow flowers that are in short bunches up. The species is dioecious and usually have separate male and female bushes. The flowers are functionally unisexual, although they apparently have both stamens and pistils. Hanblomställningarna have flowers with reduced pistils and often have more flowers than female inflorescence, the flowers have vestigial stamens. The fruit is red and has an insipid taste.

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