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Taxon: Ribes rubrum L.

Genus: Ribes subgenus: Ribes section: Ribes
Family: Grossulariaceae.
Nomen number: 31860
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:200. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Comment: non Ribes rubrum auct. nonn. (= R. spicatum E. Robson)
Name verified on: 27-Nov-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 27-Jan-2012
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR).
Accessions: 31 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:

  • common currant   (Source: Hortus 3 [as R. sativum]) – English
  • garden currant   (Source: Hortus 3 [as R. sativum]) – English
  • red currant   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • red garden currant   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • white currant   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – English
  • hong cha biao zi   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • ribs   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Danish
  • groseillier à grappes   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – French
  • groseillier commun   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • groseillier rouge   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Ribisel   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – German
  • rote Johannisbeere   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • weiße Johannisbeere   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – German
  • ribes rosso   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Italian
  • ribisi   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Italian
  • aka-suguri   (Source: F JapanOhwi [as R. sativum]) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • fusa-suguri   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • smorodina krasnaâ   (Source: F Baltic ) – Transliterated Russian
  • grosellero común   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • grosellero rojo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • röda vinbär   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide F ChinaEng)
  • Human food: beverage base   (fide F ChinaEng)
  • Human food: fruit   (fide Cornucopia, as Ribes sativum)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of red currant   (fide Temp Fruit Cr Breed 181. 2008)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of black currant   (sterile hybrids with R. nigrum produced fide Pl Breed Rev 29:152. 2007)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Weed   (fide Rep NCEPPC)

Distributional range:

    Northern Europe: United Kingdom [possibly native in s.]
    Middle Europe: Belgium; Germany; Netherlands
    Southwestern Europe: France; Spain [possibly native in n.]

    Northern Europe: Denmark; Iceland; Ireland; Norway [s.]; Sweden [s.]
    Middle Europe: Czech Republic; Hungary; Poland; Slovakia
    East Europe: Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania
    Southeastern Europe: Croatia; Italy; Romania; Slovenia
  • widely naturalized elsewhere in temperate regions

  • widely cultivated in temperate regions




Check other web resources for Ribes rubrum L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Ribes rubrum cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • 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.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (30 July 2014)

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