This is in the western cascades forest in Oregon. Leaves are at the ends of branches only, lives mostly in slightly muddy areas next to streams. Produces small black berries.


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It's a plant in the family Ribes, which includes currants.

If it stinks when you crush the leaves, it is probably Stink Currant, or Ribes bracteosum, a plant found in the Pacific Northwest.

Leaves are large, like maple leaves, sparsely hairy to smooth, with 5 to 7 lobes, stinky when crushed. Flowers are numerous on mostly erect clusters; with white petals and brownish-purple to greenish-white calyces. Berries are blue-black with a whitish bloom.

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The leaf and berry are a good match. There are ~150 species, so it's a bit difficult.

It could also be Ribes acerifolium, or Maple-Leaved Currant.

Shrub with spreading branches but no bristles. Leaves maple-like, 1–3 in. across, with 5–7 rounded, finely toothed lobes. Hanging stem of 8–12 greenish flowers, each less than 1/3 in. across with tiny red petals and stamen filaments broad at base. Berry black, coated with bluish powder. Grows from mid elevations to treeline in Cascade and Olympic mountains.

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I could not find a photograph that was not copyrighted. The flower color was pinkish to brownish.

It's not a perfect identification, but it's closer than 'in the ballpark'. If you google "Ribes western Cascades", you'll see what I mean. :)

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, that gives me what I need. I looked through a fairly comprehensive identification guide of Pacific Northwest wildflowers (had a whole lot more than any book I've seen), and every native flower I've seen was in it except for this one for some reason. $\endgroup$ – Tzacol Apr 29 '17 at 0:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Tzacol - Because Murphy's Law... or it's not been identified yet. It does say brownish-purple though, so I woiuldn't rely too heavily on the color of the flower. :) $\endgroup$ – anongoodnurse Apr 29 '17 at 2:43

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