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Griffith's Gooseberry
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Griffith's Gooseberry
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Griffith's Gooseberry
Botanical name: Ribes griffithii    Family: Grossulariaceae (Gooseberry family)

Griffith's Gooseberry is a shrub 2-3 m tall, with branchlets stout, hairless, unarmed. Flower racemes hang looking down, lax, 7-15 cm, 10-20-flowered; axis and flower-stalks velvet-hairy; bracts strap-shaped or lanceshaped to ovate, 5-7 mm, velvet-hairy. Flowers are bisexual, 5-6 mm in diameter; flower-stalk 1-2 mm. Sepal-cup is yellowish green tinged purple or red, hairless; tube bell-shaped, 1.5-2.5 mm; lobes reflexed, elliptic to strap-shaped or oblong, 2-3 mm. Petals are somewhat spoon-shaped to fan-shaped, 1-2 mm. Stamens are inserted level with petals and equaling or slightly longer than them; anthers ovoid to narrowly so, tip with nectary. Buds are brown, ovoid, 5-7 mm, velvet-hairy, tip pointed. Leaf-stalks are 6-8 cm, hairless or finely velvet-hairy, sometimes sparsely long stalked glandular near base. Leaf blade is nearly round, 5-7 x 6-10 cm, sparsely shortly stalked glandular on both surfaces, base deeply or shallowly heart-shaped; lobes 3-5, ovate-triangular, margin deeply or shallowly incised doubly sawtoothed, tip tapering; end lobe slightly longer than lateral ones. Fruit is red, ovoid-spherical, 0.8-1.2 cm in diameter, hairless. Griffith's Gooseberry is found in forests and forest margins in mountain regions, foothill thickets, at altitudes of 2600-4200 m, in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to NE India, W Sichuan, Xizang and NW Yunnan. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh Photographed at Budha Madhmaheshwar, Uttarakhand.

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