Flowers Regular.---Fruit crowned with the shriveled remains of the calyx. Petals 4 or 5, small. Low or rather prickly shrubs, with or without thorns. Leaves alternate, plaited in the bud. Flowers grow in the exils of the leaves.
Ribes Cynosbati.---Prickly Gooseberry. Leaves downy. Peduncles 2 to 3 flowered. Berry large with long prickles like a burr.
Ribes Hirtellum.---Leaves somewhat downy beneath. Flower stalks very short, peduncles 1 to 2-flowered. Fruit small, purple, sweet. Stems smooth or prickly.
Ribes Lacustre.---Young stems with prickly brambles. Leaves heart-shaped, 3 to 5-parted, lobes deeply cut. Flowers greenish. Racemes 4 to 9 flowered. Fruit bristly, unpleasant.
Ribes Rubrum.---Red Currant. Stems straggling. Leaves 3 to 5-lobed serrate. Flowers greenish in racemes. Berries never prickly, red. Veins of leaves whitish beneath. Leaves more deeply heart-shaped than the last.
Ribes Prostratum.---Pedicels and berry red. Fruit bristly. Plant and berries have an unpleasant odor.