Ribes aureum, ‘Golden Flowering Currant’, is a shrub of the Grossulariaceae family and displays the typical familial floral structure of the hypanthium, where the petals, sepals and anther are fused at their bases. The floral hypanthium is less than 10 mm long and generally less than twice as long as the sepals. The flower is golden yellow, consisting of sepals fused into a tube that are of a more conspicuous color than the petals. Leaves are alternately arranged along the branches, leathery to the touch, bright green in color and three lobed. The inferior ovary will develop into a many seeded berry or orange color.
The shrub is found along stream banks and washes in grasslands or sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forest, extend up into the steppe communities occasionally.
The distribution is throughout the east slope of the Cascades.
The orange berries produced by R. aureum make an excellent jelly.
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