Some kind of currant

I found this currant-like plant in Helsinki, Finland. It seems very similar to red currant but it has hairs on its fruits, and the fruits are pear-shaped. Can anyone please identify this plant? Many thanks!

  • $\begingroup$ Did you find it growing wild or did it seem cultivated? $\endgroup$
    – picapica
    Jul 23 '16 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ @picapica It seemed to be growing wild, next to a street! $\endgroup$ Jul 24 '16 at 8:10

I am pretty sure this is a species of Ribes (Grossulariaceae, vernacular Finnish: herukat), and that it is not native to Finland.

I would guess that it might be a variety of R. rubrum L., but it also might be a species unrecorded in Finland so far. You might consider sending the photo to someone at Helsinki Botanical Garden, or at the Natural History Museum. (If you got a twitter account, you might just sent the link to this page to @Raino_Lampinen and ask on his opinion.)

  • $\begingroup$ Cool, thanks a lot! I should try out the Twitter :) I'll update it here when I get the answer! $\endgroup$ Aug 30 '16 at 13:48

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