25. Ribes tularense (Coville) Fedde, Just’s Bot. Jahresber. 36(2): 519. 1910.
Sequoia gooseberry Sequoia gooseberry
Grossularia tularensis Coville in N. L. Britton et al., N. Amer. Fl. 22: 218. 1908
Plants 0.1-0.5 m. Stems prostrate, villous-pubescent, stipitate-glandular; spines at nodes 3, 3-8(-10) mm; prickles on internodes scattered. Leaves: petiole 2-2.5 cm, puberulent; blade roundish, irregularly 3(-5)-lobed, cleft 1/2+ to midrib, 2-5 cm, base broadly truncate, surfaces hairy, stipitate-glandular, lobes broadly cuneate, sides mostly straight or concave, margins very irregularly blunt-toothed, apex rounded. Inflorescences pendent, solitary flowers or 2-3-flowered racemes, 1-1.5 cm, axis villous, stipitate-glandular, flowers evenly spaced. Pedicels not jointed, 2-4 mm, villous, stipitate-glandular; bracts lanceolate-ovate, 2-3 mm, villous, stipitate-glandular. Flowers: hypanthium green, campanulate, 2-4 mm (as wide as long), sparsely pubescent to villous; sepals not overlapping, reflexed, green to white, narrowly oblong, abaxially shallowly concave, 6 mm; petals separated, erect, white, oblong-truncate, somewhat inrolled, 2-3 mm; nectary disc not prominent; stamens shorter than to as long as petals; filaments linear, 2-2.5 mm, glabrous; anthers white, narrowly oblong, 1-1.8 mm, apex blunt; ovary densely villous with some gland-tipped bristles; styles connate 1/2 their lengths, 4-6 mm, glabrous. Berries palatability not known, light yellow, globose, 8-10 mm, hairs nonglandular, bristles glandular, developing into spines.
Flowering May. Yellow pine and red fir forests; of conservation concern; 1500-1800 m; Calif.
Ribes tularense is known from ten populations, all in Tulare County.