Ribes aureum var. gracillimum

Common name: Golden Currant, Clove Currant, Pruterberry, Buffalo Currant

Ribes aureum var. gracillimum (Golden Currant) twig with flowers, Ramona, California; February 2022.

In February, while hiking for the first time on the lovely Fry-Koegel Trail, and not far from the starting point either, I came upon an unknown shrub — given its close proximity to houses I was skeptical that it was a native of course, but the “Seek” app spit out the name Ribes aureum aka Golden Currant almost immediately, and confirmed that it was indeed a native.

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