Taxon: Ribes rubrum L.

Genus: Ribes
Subgenus: Ribes
Section: Ribes
Family: Grossulariaceae
Nomen number: 31860
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:200. 1753
Link to protologue:
Comment: non Ribes rubrum auct. nonn. (= R. spicatum E. Robson)
Name Verified on: 27-Nov-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 27-Jan-2012
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR)
Accessions: 31 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • common currant  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • garden currant  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • red currant  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • red garden currant  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • white currant  (Source: Mansf Ency) - English
  • ribs  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Danish
  • groseillier à grappes  (Source: Mansf Ency) - French
  • groseillier commun  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • groseillier rouge  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Ribisel  (Source: Mansf Ency) - German
  • rote Johannisbeere  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • weiße Johannisbeere  (Source: Mansf Ency) - German
  • ribes rosso  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Italian
  • ribisi  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Italian
  • aka-suguri  (Source: F JapanOhwi) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • fusa-suguri  (Source: F Japan) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • grosellero común  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • grosellero rojo  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • röda vinbär  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish
  • hong cha biao zi  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese
  • smorodina krasnaâ  (Source: F Baltic) - Transliterated Russian

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental ()
  • Human food: beverage base ()
  • Human food: fruit (as Ribes sativum)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of red currant (fide Temp Fruit Cr Breed 181. 2008)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of black currant (sterile hybrids with R. nigrum produced fide Pl Breed Rev 29:152. 2007)
  • Medicines: folklore ()
  • Weed: ()

Distributional Range:


    • NORTHERN EUROPE: United Kingdom (possibly native in s.)
    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
    • SOUTHWESTERN EUROPE: France, Spain (possibly native in n.)

    Cultivated (widely cult. in temperate regions)


    • NORTHERN EUROPE: Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Norway (s.), Sweden (s.)
    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Croatia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia


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Check other web resources for Ribes rubrum L. :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 April 2018.