Frilly Leaf Currant
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Frilly Leaf Currant
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Frilly Leaf Currant
Botanical name: Ribes glaciale    Family: Grossulariaceae (Gooseberry family)
Synonyms: Ribes laciniatum

Frilly Leaf Currant is a shrub 1-3 m tall. Branchlets are velvety,thornless. Buds are purplish brown, oblong to oblong-ovoid, 5-7 mm, tip acuminate. Leaf stalks are 1-2.5 cm, velvety and sparsely glandular hairy. Leaves are broadly ovate to round, 2-5 × 1.8-4.5 cm. Base is flat or heart-shaped. Leaves are divided into 3-5 lobes, margin incised doubly serrate, often also with some large, simple teeth, apex acute to shortly acuminate. Terminal lobe is rhombic to ovate, slightly longer than lateral ones. Male flowers are borne erect racemes, 3-5 cm, 9-20-flowered. Female ones are almost as long, fewer flowered. Sepal cup is reddish or purplish brown, hairless - tube saucer-shaped, 1-2 mm. Sepals are petal-like, erect, lanceshaped to narrowly oblong, 2-3.2 mm. Petals are purple, 0.5–0.6 mm. Stamens are slightly longer than petals. Fruit is red to dark purple, round, 0.5-0.7 cm. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess, Sunit Singh, Sajan Thakur Photographed in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh & Pandavsera, Madhmaheshwar, Uttarakhand.

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