Scientific Name:
Ribes odoratum H.L.Wendl.

Unarmed, deciduous, non-aromatic shrub 1.5–2–(3) m high; branches and shoots erect, densely puberulent or tomentulose. Lvs convolute in bud, with petioles 2–4 cm long, not clasping at base; lamina deltoid to subreniform, 2–6.5 × 2–8 cm, shining, often smaller on upper part of flowering stems, deeply palmately lobed, with 3 ± parallel-sided lobes, often with secondary lobes or rounded teeth, glabrous except for glandular scales when very young; margins ciliolate; base cordate. Racemes pendent, usually 7–15-flowered; fls fragrant. Hypanthium 8–12 mm long, cylindric, yellow or greenish yellow, glabrous. Sepals 5.5–9 mm long, elliptic or elliptic-obovate, yellow, glabrous, ± patent at early anthesis but soon reflexing. Petals 3–4 mm long, elliptic to obovate, cream, pale pink, rose or crimson. Filaments 1–3 mm long. Fr. 5–8 mm diam., globose, yellowish brown and shining, translucent and lacking bloom, glabrous; flesh not aromatic, insipid to taste.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Oct.–Dec.; Fruiting: Jan.–Mar.