Stems: with infra-axillary spines, slender, spreading, sometimes none; bristles usually numerous, scattered. Leaves: slender-petioled, broadly ovate in outline, five-lobed, the lobes incised-dentate. Flowers: greenish-white; calyx-tube cylindric, longer than the oblong lobes; stamens not exserted. Fruit: a globose purple berry, pulpy, the calyx persistent on its summit, sparingly bristly or often glabrous.
The bush on which this Bristly Gooseberry grows is found in the shady woods, and attains an average height of three feet. The flowers are greenish-white and very insignificant, and the fruit consists of a small purple pulpy berry, which is sweet to the taste.
Ribes lacustre, or Swamp Gooseberry, has branches covered with slender spines. The leaves are nearly circular in outline, heart-shaped, deeply five-to-seven lobed, and toothed at the edges; while the green or purplish flowers grow in loose racemes. The fruit is a purplish-black berry covered with weak bristles.
Ribes hudsonianum, or Black Currant, has smooth erect branches, and leaves which are round-cordate, three-to-five lobed, coarsely toothed, and resinous-dotted beneath. The racemes of white flowers are dense, and the fruit is a smooth black berry.