Pursh, Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 163. 1813.
Sticky or mountain currant
erect to spreading, soft-pubescent, ± thickly stipitate-glandular, becoming glabrate; spines at nodes absent; prickles on internodes absent.
petiole (0.8-)1-5(-10) cm, pubescent, sparsely to densely stipitate-glandular; blade suborbiculate to reniform, 3- or 5-lobed, cleft 1/4-1/3 to midrib, (1-)2.6-6.5(-8.5) cm, base deeply cordate, surfaces sparsely stipitate-glandular (otherwise nearly glabrous) to downy along veins, copiously soft-pubescent and glandular, lobes rounded, margins irregularly 1 or 2 times coarsely crenate-dentate, apex rounded to broadly acute.
erect to somewhat pendent, (3-)6-17-flowered racemes, 3-10 cm (shorter than leaves), axis copiously pubescent and stipitate-glandular, flowers clustered at end of peduncle.
jointed, (2.7-)3.5-10(-12) mm, pubescent, stipitate-glandular; bracts lanceolate to oblanceolate, (5-)6-8.5(-12) mm, stipitate-glandular.
hypanthium greenish, greenish yellow, or yellowish white, sometimes strongly pinkish or purplish tinged, campanulate to tubular-campanulate, (4.5-)7-8 mm, sparsely to densely hairy and stipitate-glandular abaxially, glabrous adaxially; sepals not overlapping, spreading at anthesis, becoming erect, whitish green, sometimes tinged with pink or purple, lanceolate-elliptic, (3.5-)4-7 mm; petals connivent, erect, white or cream, obovate-spatulate, not conspicuously revolute or inrolled, 2.5-4 mm; nectary disc not prominent; stamens nearly as long as petals; filaments broadened at base, 1.2-3 mm, glabrous; anthers cream, oblong-oval, 1-1.8 mm, apex with cup-shaped gland; ovary glabrous or minutely hairy and strongly stipitate-glandular; styles connate nearly to stigmas, 6-9.5 mm, glabrous.
palatable, dark bluish black, ovoid, (8-)10-15 mm, glabrous or ± hairy and stipitate-glandular.
Flowering May-Aug. Along creeks, open to heavily timbered slopes, sagebrush; 900-3100 m; Alta., B.C.; Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.
All parts of
are very fragrant. Its leaves are thick and rough. Plants with glabrous or sparsely stipitate-glandular ovaries have been recognized as var.
and are found only in California and Oregon. Plants with strongly stipitate-glandular and softly pubescent ovaries are var.
and are more widespread. W. C. Martin and C. R. Hutchins (1980) indicated that
is to be expected in New Mexico; no occurrence there has been confirmed.