Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Terrestrial. Grass and scrub covered areas, rocky outcrops and forest margins.
Deciduous spiny shrub up to about 2 m high. Leaves broadly deltoid up to 7 x 6 cm, petioles to 5 cm, palmately lobed. White flowers solitary or in small clusters. Fruit to about 25 mm diameter, green, yellow or sometimes dark red, translucent, lacking bloom, flesh sweet.
Can easily be distinguished from other Ribes species by the large fruit and the conspicuous spines.
August, September, October, November
November, December, January, February
Spreads by seed (several seeds in each fruit), dispersed by birds
Reason for introduction
Tolerates cold dry conditions very well.