|Scientific Name||Ribes wolfii||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RIWO|
|Common Name||Wolf's Currant||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||24512|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (7000 to 11000 ft); moist meadows, streamsides, and aspen forests.
Plant: Deciduous shrub 1.5 to 10 feet tall, spreading or erect, unarmed branches, grayish, becoming reddish to dark brown with age.
Leaves: Alternate, nearly orbicular in outline, 1/2 to 2-3/8 inches long, 1/2 to 3-1/2 inches wide with 3 to 5 broadly triangular lobes, green and smooth or slightly pubescent above, pale green with prominent veins below, margins irregularly toothed; petioles 1/4 to 1-3/4 inches long.
Inflorecence: Dense racemes of 7 to 25 small white flowers with short elliptic-lanceolate bracts below; each flower with a greenish, glandular-hairy cup-shaped hypanthium and 5 flaring off-white calyx lobes or sepals 1/8 to 1/16-inch long; 5 smaller off-white to yellowish green or pinkish petals and 5 stamens about the same length.
Bloom Period: May to August.
Fruit: Black, ovoid berries 1/4-inch across.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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