MISSOURI GOOSEBERRY
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Ribes missouriense  Nutt.
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Shrub
Height: 3-6 feet
Family: Grossulariaceae - Currant Family
Flowering Period:   April, May
Stems: Erect; branches arching, armed at nodes with 1-4, stiff, red to brown spines, 1/3 to 2/3 inch long; bark gray, splitting on older branches.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, stalked, circular in outline, deeply 3-5 lobed, 1 to 2.5 inches long, almost as wide, nearly glabrous above, softly hairy below; margins toothed; often clustered on short, lateral branches.
Inflorescences: Solitary or clusters of 2-4 flowers; stalks slender, 2/5 to 4/5 inch long.
Flowers: To 1/2 inch long, white to pale greenish, drooping; sepals 5, linear-oblong, erect early but later bent conspicuously outwards or backwards; petals 5, forming tube around stamens; stamens 5, filaments protruding, about 3 times longer than petals.
Fruits: Berries, spherical, less than 1/2 inch in diameter, smooth, purplish; seeds numerous, egg-shaped, smooth, black.
Habitat: Open rocky woods, thickets, and woodland edges.
Distribution: East 2/3 of Kansas.
Uses: Missouri gooseberry provides food and cover for birds and wildlife. Native Americans ate the fruits fresh or dried during the winter. The berries sometimes are used in pies and jams.

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