Ribes cynosbati L.
Common Name: WILD GOOSEBERRY, PRICKLY GOOSEBERRY
Coefficient of Conservatism: 4
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub

Especially characteristic of beech-maple forests and northern hardwoods (where other gooseberries are not expected), but also in swamps and thickets, and even occasionally in oak-hickory stands, tamarack and poison sumac or cedar swamps, or dry savannas on rock outcrops.

Sometimes the internodes are densely prickly but usually at least the younger ones are smooth or nearly so and the only prickles are 1–3 at the nodes. Rarely even these are lacking, and on some plants the fruits are smooth (f. inerme Rehder). The ovary and fruit (even in natural habitats far from any source of cultivated stock) are rarely slightly to densely pubescent, ordinarily a character of the garden gooseberry. The berry is reddish when ripe, and edible, but the tough prickly skin is not appealing.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Barry County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County
Clare County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1413.