[Gooseberries and Currants East of the Cascade Mts.]

Spiny Gooseberry, Spring Gooseberry, Watson Gooseberry

Ribes watsonianum

Synonym: Grossularia watsoniana

Flowers of Spiny Currant, Spring Gooseberry, Watson Gooseberry: Ribes watsonianum (Synonym: Grossularia watsoniana)

Close-up of the flower and spiny ovary of Watson's gooseberry as seen along Rd 6000 on the southeastern side of Mt. Adams (~3800')...............May 22, 2005.

Spiny fruit of Spiny Currant, Spring Gooseberry, Watson Gooseberry: Ribes watsonianum (Synonym: Grossularia watsoniana)

The photo above shows a close-up of the spiny fruit of spiny currant as seen in the forest just north of the DNR rock quarry abreast the ridgetop separating the Dairy and Cougar Creek drainages on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams................June 11, 2005.

Leaf and spiny stem of Spiny Currant, Spring Gooseberry, Watson Gooseberry: Ribes watsonianum (Synonym: Grossularia watsoniana)

Close-up of the leaf and spiny stem of Watson's gooseberry as seen along forest service road #35 on the southern slopes of Table Mt., Wenatchee National Forest.................June 5, 2009. Note the short, gland-tipped hairs on the upper surface of the leaf.

Flower of Spiny Currant, Spring Gooseberry, Watson Gooseberry: Ribes watsonianum (Synonym: Grossularia watsoniana)

Close-up of the flower and spiny inferior ovary of Waston's gooseberry as seen along forest service road #35 on the southern slopes of Table Mt., Wenatchee National Forest.................June 5, 2009. Note the long, spreading hairs on the backs of the red-tinged sepals.

Paul Slichter