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Ribes nigrum (European black currant)

Synonyms: Botrycarpum nigrum; Botryocarpium nigrum; Ribes aconitifolium; Ribes altaicum; Ribes apiifolium; Ribes boreale; Ribes crispum; Ribes cyathiforme; Ribes intermedium; Ribes kolymense; Ribes nigrum f. subalpinum; Ribes nigrum var. eglandulosum; Ribes nigrum var. europaeum; Ribes nigrum var. kolymense; Ribes nigrum var. pauciflorum; Ribes olidum; Ribes pauciflorum; Ribesium nigrum

Wikipedia Abstract

The blackcurrant (scientific name Ribes nigrum) is a woody shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its piquant berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia where it prefers damp fertile soils and is widely cultivated both commercially and domestically. It is winter hardy but cold weather at flowering time during the spring reduces the size of the crop.
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Height [1]  5.9 feet (1.8 m)
Light Preference [3]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Acidity [3]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [3]  Intermediate
Soil Moisture [3]  Wet
Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [1]  Deciduous
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Pollinators [1]  Bees, Bats
Structure [1]  Shrub
Usage [1]  The oil from the seed is added to skin preparations and cosmetics. It is often combined with vitamin E to prevent oxidation; A yellow dye is obtained from the leaves; A blue or violet dye is obtained from the fruit; The leaves are used for vegetable preservation; No more details.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Bagno i Jezioro Ciemino 1946 Poland  
Baikalskiy Biosphere Reserve Zapovednik Ia 458883 Russia  
Basegi Zapovednik Ia 93739 Perm, Russia
Belovezhskaya Pushcha Biosphere Reserve National Park II 218515 Belarus
Bialowieza National Park II 11126 Poland
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Breckland 18652 England, United Kingdom
Buchholz bei Bleiwäsche 786 Germany  
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Carpathian Biosphere Reserve 144772 Ukraine  
Craven Limestone Complex 13166 England, United Kingdom
Dabrowy Obrzyckie 2187 Poland  
Dee Estuary/ Aber Dyfrdwy 39057 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Dolina Biebrzy 299507 Poland  
Dolina Dolnego Bugu 183624 Poland  
Dolina Dolnej Pilicy 78633 Poland  
Dolina Górnej Leby 6301 Poland  
Dolina Lupawy 13612 Poland  
Dolina Pilicy 87367 Poland  
Dolina Reknicy 169 Poland  
Dolina Stropnej 2381 Poland  
Dolina Wieprzy i Studnicy 35457 Poland  
Dolna Odra 72985 Poland  
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Dorzecze Parsety 68474 Poland  
Dybowska Dolina Wisly 3440 Poland  
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Firth of Lorn 51830 Scotland, United Kingdom
Galichia Gora Zapovednik Ia 568 Lipetsk, Russia
Gogolice-Kosa 3521 Poland  
Góry Stolowe 48968 Poland  
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Ingleborough Complex 14256 England, United Kingdom
Ipoly völgye 16551 Hungary  
Jar Rzeki Raduni 217 Poland  
Jezioro Goplo 33259 Poland  
Jezioro Kozie 443 Poland  
Jezioro Luknajno 3411 Poland  
Kargowskie Zakola Odry 7587 Poland  
Karkonosze National Park II 45907 Poland
Katunsky Biosphere Reserve 393162 Altai, Russia
Kavkazskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 692723 Krasnodar, Karachay-Cherkessia, Adygea, Russia
Khopersky Zapovednik Ia 47103 Russia  
Lake District High Fells 66717 England, United Kingdom
Laplandskiy Biosphere Reserve 757114 Russia  
Lasy Spalskie 4983 Poland  
Lasy Suchedniowskie 47249 Poland  
Lizard Point 34565 England, United Kingdom    
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Mierzeja Sarbska 4653 Poland    
Moor House – Upper Teesdale 95867 England, United Kingdom
Moray Firth 373987 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
Niebieskie Zródla 62 Poland  
Nieszawska Dolina Wisly 9617 Poland  
North Pennine Moors 254789 England, United Kingdom
North York Moors 108930 England, United Kingdom
Okskiy Biosphere Reserve 190748 Russia  
Ostoja Borecka 62617 Poland  
Ostoja Inska 216738 Poland  
Ostoja Jasliska 72369 Poland  
Ostoja Knyszynska 336272 Poland  
Ostoja Lidzbarska 21911 Poland  
Ostoja Nadbuzanska 113759 Poland  
Ostoja Nadwarcianska 65861 Poland  
Ostoja Nidzianska 68254 Poland  
Ostoja Slowinska 79446 Poland    
Ostoja Suwalska 15690 Poland  
Ostoja Wigierska 39715 Poland  
Ostoja nad Barycza 202692 Poland  
Przelomowa Dolina Narwi 45974 Poland  
Puszcza Kampinoska Biosphere Reserve 188373 Poland  
Puszcza Niepolomicka 29065 Poland  
Puszcza Romincka 36459 Poland  
Puszcza Solska 196076 Poland  
Sayano-Shushenskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 964620 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Solecka Dolina Wisly 17372 Poland  
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
Soproni-hegység 13228 Hungary  
South Uist Machair 8482 Scotland, United Kingdom
South Wight Maritime 49082 England, United Kingdom
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
Trzebiatowsko-Kolobrzeski Pas Nadmorski 43166 Poland    
Trzy Mlyny 1893 Poland    
Tsentral'no-Lesnoy Biosphere Reserve Ia 62630 Russia  
Tsentral'no-Sibirskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 2521510 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Tulach Hill and Glen Fender Meadows 3912 Scotland, United Kingdom
Tzentralen Balkan 177099 Bulgaria  
Voronezhskiy Biosphere Reserve 95835 Russia  
Wielki Leg Obrzanski 57900 Poland  
Wielki Sandr Brdy 91691 Poland  
Wolin i Uznam 76089 Poland    
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  
Zaleczanski Luk Warty 23023 Poland  
Zalew Wislany i Mierzeja Wislana 100974 Poland  
Zatoka Pucka i Pólwysep Helski 66334 Poland    
Zhuvintas Zapovednik 18223 Lithuania  


Abraxas grossulariata (Magpie Moth)[4]
Aculops ribis <Unverified Name>[5]
Aculus ribis <Unverified Name>[5]
Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth)[6]
Alsophila aescularia (March Moth)[4]
Anthocoptes ribis <Unverified Name>[6]
Antitype chi (Grey Chi)[4]
Aphis triglochinis[6]
Biston betularia (peppered moth)[6]
Blastobasis decolorella[6]
Capra sibirica (Siberian ibex)[7]
Cecidophyopsis ribis[5]
Celastrina argiolus (Holly Blue Butterfly)[4]
Clepsis spectrana (Cyclamen Tortrix)[4]
Coccus hesperidium <Unverified Name>[5]
Crocallis elinguaria (Scalloped Oak Moth)[4]
Cryptomyzus galeopsidis[6]
Cryptomyzus ribis (currant aphid)[6]
Ctenopseustis obliquana[5]
Dasineura tetensi[6]
Diaspidiotus ostreaeformis (European fruit scale)[6]
Diaspidiotus perniciosus (California scale)[8]
Dothiora ribesia[9]
Drepanopeziza ribis[9]
Epidiaspis leperii (European pear scale)[8]
Erannis defoliaria (Mottled Umber Moth)[4]
Eriosoma ulmi ulmi[6]
Eugraphe sigma[4]
Euhyponomeutoides rufella[4]
Eulithis mellinata (Spinach Moth)[4]
Eulithis prunata (Phoenix Moth)[4]
Eulithis pyropata[4]
Eupithecia assimilata (Currant Pug)[4]
Eupithecia exiguata (Mottled Pug)[6]
Eupoecilia ambiguella (Vine Moth)[9]
Galerucella nymphaeae (waterlily leaf beetle)[6]
Godronia ribis[9]
Godronia uberiformis[9]
Graphiphora augur (Double Dart)[4]
Heterotoma planicornis[6]
Hyperomyzus lactucae (Sowthistle aphid)[6]
Itame ribearia (currant spanworm)[4]
Itame wauaria[4]
Lacanobia thalassina (Pale-shouldered Brocade)[4]
Lampronia capitella <Unverified Name>[6]
Lasiocampa quercus (Oak Eggar)[4]
Lepidosaphes ulmi (apple oystershell scale)[8]
Lithacodes fasciola (Ochre-winged hag moth)[4]
Lygocoris pabulinus (Common Green Capsid)[6]
Lygocoris rugicollis[6]
Macaria wauaria <Unverified Name>[6]
Melanchra persicariae (Dot Moth)[6]
Melanchra pisi (Broom Moth)[4]
Mesites tardii <Unverified Name>[6]
Mycosphaerella ribis[9]
Narosoideus flavidorsalis[4]
Nasonovia ribisnigri[6]
Nematus leucotrochus <Unverified Name>[6]
Nematus olfaciens <Unverified Name>[6]
Nematus ribesii (imported currantworm)[6]
Neochionaspis kirgisica[8]
Odontopera bidentata (Scalloped Hazel)[4]
Operophtera brumata (winter moth)[9]
Opisthograptis luteolata (Brimstone Moth)[4]
Orthosia gothica (Hebrew Character)[4]
Orthosia gracilis (Powdered Quaker)[4]
Ourapteryx sambucaria (Swallow-tailed Moth)[6]
Parasa hilarata[4]
Parasa sinica[4]
Parlatoria theae (tea parlatoria scale)[8]
Parthenolecanum corni <Unverified Name>[5]
Phomopsis ribicola[9]
Phyllocoptes masseei <Unverified Name>[6]
Phytoptus ribis <Unverified Name>[6]
Planococcus mali[8]
Planotortrix excessana (Greenheaded leafroller)[5]
Polygonia c-album (Comma Butterfly)[4]
Pulvinaria vitis (cottony vine scale)[8]
Rheumaptera hastata (spear-marked black)[4]
Rheumaptera subhastata (White-banded Black Moth)[4]
Rhopalosiphoninus ribesinus[6]
Schizoneura anncharlotteae <Unverified Name>[6]
Semiothisa wauaria <Unverified Name>[6]
Spilosoma lutea (Buff Ermine)[4]
Synanthedon tipuliformis (Currant borer/Clearwing moth)[4]
Tegonotus neglectus <Unverified Name>[6]
Tetraneura nigriabdominalis shanxiensis[6]
Xylena vetusta (Red Sword-grass)[4]
Zeuzera pyrina (leopard moth)[6]
Zophodia convolutella[4]


Parasitized by 
Cronartium ribicola (White pine blister rust)[9]
Microsphaera grossulariae[9]
Plasmopara ribicola[9]
Podosphaera mors-uvae[9]
Puccinia caricina[9]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Bassegi Zapovednik; North America;



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