Groseille rouge

branch of ripe red currant in a garden

Ribes rubrum

Redcurrant (Wikipedia)

Redcurrant
Ribes rubrum 1.jpg
Cultivated redcurrant
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Order:Saxifragales
Family:Grossulariaceae
Genus:Ribes
Species:
R. rubrum
Binomial name
Ribes rubrum
L. 1753 not Torr. & A. Gray 1840 nor Hook. f. & Thomson 1858
Synonyms
List
  • Grossularia rubra (L.) Scop.
  • Ribes rubrum var. scandicum Jancz.
  • Ribes rubrum var. sylvestre DC. ex Berland.
  • Ribes spicatum subsp. scandicum Hyl.
  • Ribes sylvestre (Lam.) Mert. & Koch
  • Ribes vulgare Lam.
  • Ribes vulgare var. sylvestre Lam.
  • Ribesium rubrum Medik.
  • Ribes triste var. alaskanum Berger

The redcurrant, or red currant (Ribes rubrum) is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry family. It is native across Europe. The species is widely cultivated and has escaped into the wild in many regions.

Ribes rubrum is a deciduous shrub normally growing to 1–1.5 metres (3–5 ft) tall, occasionally 2 m (7 ft), with five-lobed leaves arranged spirally on the stems. The flowers are inconspicuous yellow-green, in pendulous4–8 cm (1+123+14 in) racemes, maturing into bright red translucent edible berries about8–12 mm (3812 in) diameter, with 3–10 berries on each raceme. An established bush can produce 3–4 kg (7–9 lb) of berries from mid to late summer.

Red Currant (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • redcurrant, red-currant

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛdˌkʌɹənt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛdˌkɜɹənt/, /ˈɹɛdˌkʌɹənt/

Noun

red currant (plural red currants)

  1. A deciduous shrub, Ribes rubrum, native to western Europe; any of certain cultivars of the shrub.
    • 1989, Amos Oz, To Know A Woman, page 109,
      And a hint of still waters, a stream, a brook, a rivulet, meandering with flashes of brilliance through the lush dense greenery, among shadowy plants that might have been blackberries or redcurrants, although what redcurrants and blackberries might be Yoel had not the faintest notion, and even the names themselves he only knew from books.
    • 2009
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