Blackcurrant (oil)

Ribes nigrum L.

Order:

Family: Grossulariaceae (was Saxifragaceae)

Names:

Ribes
Nigrum
Blackcurrant because it has round black fruit that look like currants.

Other Names:

Summary:

Description:

Cotyledons:

Two.

First leaves:

Leaves:

Stipules -
Petiole - Yes
Blade - Lobed and toothed.
Stem leaves -

Stems:

Flower stem -

Flower head:

Flowers:

Ovary -
Calyx -
Perianth -
Sepals -
Petals -
Stamens -
Anthers -

Fruit:

Round berry

Seeds:

Roots:

Key Characters:

Perennial deciduous shrub.
Lobed and toothed leaves.
Red grapes.

Biology:

Life cycle:

Perennial deciduous shrub.

Physiology:

Sensitive to frost.
Tolerates water logging.

Reproduction:

Flowering times:

Seed Biology and Germination:

Vegetative Propagules:

Hybrids:

Allelopathy:

Population Dynamics and Dispersal:

Origin and History:

Temperate Eurasia.

Distribution:

ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA.

Courtesy Australia's Virtual Herbarium.

Habitats:

Climate:

Temperate.

Soil:

Prefers very fertile soils.

Plant Associations:

Significance:

Beneficial:

Edible fruit.
Oils extracted from it.

Detrimental:

Toxicity:

Not recorded as toxic.

Legislation:

None.

Management and Control:

Thresholds:

Eradication strategies:

Herbicide resistance:

Biological Control:

Related plants:

Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa = Ribes grossularis)
Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum)

Plants of similar appearance:

References:

Lazarides, M. and Hince, B. (1993). CSIRO handbook of economic plants of Australia. (CSIRO, Melbourne). #1057.2.

Reid, R.L. (1990) The Manual of Australian Agriculture. (Butterworths, Sydney). P171-172.

Acknowledgments:

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