USDA ARS United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

  GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
Jump to common names  Jump to economic impacts  Jump to distribution  Jump to references  Jump to links to other online resources  Jump to images

***Please tell us why you value GRIN Taxonomy***

Taxon: Ribes hirtellum Michx.

Genus: Ribes subgenus: Grossularia section: Grossularia
Family: Grossulariaceae
Nomen number: 31817
Place of publication: Fl. bor.-amer. 1:111. 1803
Name verified on: 17-Feb-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 27-Jan-2012
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR).
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • only available ) NPGS core subset accessions for the crop ‘RIBES’ ) or .
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • American gooseberry   (Source: Cornucopia ) – English
  • hairy gooseberry   (Source: Cornucopia ) – English
  • hairy-stem gooseberry   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English
  • wedge-leaf gooseberry   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English
  • amerikanische Stachelbeere   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German

Economic importance:

  • Human food: fruit   (fide Cornucopia)
  • Gene sources: disease resistance for gooseberry   (fide Temp Fruit Cr Breed 182. 2008; also fide Pl Breed Rev 156. 2007)
  • Gene sources: potential for disease resistance in gooseberry   (fide Temp Fruit Cr Breed 183. 2008)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of gooseberry   (based on crosses with Ribes uva-crispa fide Andrushkevich et al. 2011)
  • Gene sources: progenitor of gooseberry   (together with Ribes uva-crispa fide Pl Breed Rev 29:148. 2007)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta [s.e.], Manitoba [s.], Saskatchewan [s.]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana [n.], Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio [n.], Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois [n.e.], Minnesota, Nebraska [n.], North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - District of Columbia

    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Far East
    Europe [c.]
    United States


  • Andrushkevich, T. M. et al. 2011. Inheritance of marketable berry qualities in hybrid gooseberry breed. Fruit Sci. Pap. 23:210–227. [as Grossularia hirtella].
  • Brennan, R. M. 2008. Chapter 6. Currants and gooseberries. Pp. 177–196 in: Hancock, J. F., ed., Temperate fruit crop breeding: germplasm to genomics.
  • Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage.
  • Encke, F. et al. 1993. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. [= R. uva-crispa var. sativum DC.].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Facciola, S. 1990. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants. [accepts].
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2.
  • Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6.
  • Hjamarsson, I. & B. Wallace. 2007. Gooseberry and currant in Sweden: history and cultivar development. Pl. Breed. Rev. 29:145–175.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  • Jones, G. N. & G. D. Fuller. 1955. Vascular plants of Illinois.
  • Kartesz, J. T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland.
  • Keep, E. 1975. Currants and gooseberries. P. 198 in: Janick, J. & J. N. Moore, eds., Advances in fruit breeding.
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2.
  • Pluta, S. 2012. New challenges in the Ribes breeding and production. Acta Hort. 946:27–35.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Scoggan, H. J. 1978–1979. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. [= R. oxyacanthoides var. hirtellum].
  • Sinnott, Q. P. 1985. A revision of Ribes L. subg. Grossularia (Mill.) Pers. sect. Grossularia (Mill.) Nutt. (Grossulariaceae) in North America. Rhodora 87:237.
  • Taylor, R. L. & R. P. Brockman. 1966. Chromosome numbers of some western Canadian plants. Canad. J. Bot. 44:1093–1103. [2n=16].
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1993. Flora europaea, second edition.

Check other web resources for Ribes hirtellum Michx.:


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

| USDA | ARS | GRIN | NPGS | New Search |

Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (06 October 2015)

Please send us your comments

Close Window

Ctrl P to print