Saturday, February 18, 2012

fuchsia-flowered gooseberry ~ 02/18/12 ~ Fort Ord

fuchsia-flowered gooseberry
Ribes speciosum

We seem to see fuchsia-flowered gooseberries at all of our favorite spots, from sandy Fort Ord to the inland hills of Garland Ranch. It's an extraordinarily spiny plant and best avoided while hiking. The bright red flowers remind me of Asian lanterns. There are 52 native spp./ssp. of Ribes in CA. The gooseberry and currant flowers can be quite showy and beautiful. I want to start recognizing some of the other spp., like R. californicum (CA gooseberry), but I suspect whenever I've seen them I may have figured they were garden escapees and simply ignored them.


Lucy said...

I've noticed your blog in the sidebar of 'Tree Year'.
I was 'following' trees before that started - and am continuing - so I've offered to help link others who are doing the same.
The details are on my blog, Loose and Leafy.

I'm making a list of people who are noting the progress of a particular tree (or group of trees, the plants and fungi associated with an individual tree . . . or . . . the definition of 'tree following' is fluid!)
If you would like to join in with this, let me know and I'll add your blog to the list - with a link. Then, whenever you post about 'your' tree, let me know - either by leaving a note in the comments or by email, and I'll put an updated link to that too. It's all very informal and I'm still working out the best way to do it but do let me know if you would like to take part.
Lucy Corrander

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thank you, Lucy, for letting me know. Have you notified Natalie? I've been following my Tree Year coast
Douglas-fir for a couple years before Natalie's 2011 Tree Year project:*%20pre-tree%20year. I'm not sure if I'm up for doing another blog project, but I'll consider it. Best wishes!