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Black currant

Invasive Species Information

Black current Biodiversity Medium Risk Invasive Species 14

What Is Black currant - (Ribes nigrum)?

Habitat: Terrestrial
Distribution in Ireland

Status: Established

Family name: Grossulariaceae

Reproduction: Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees or itself as the plant is self-fertile.

Black current Biodiversity Medium Risk Invasive Species 14

Black currant fruit

Black current Biodiversity Medium Risk Invasive Species 14

Ribes nigrum, the blackcurrant is a medium-sized shrub, growing to 1.5 metres tall by 1.5 metres wide.

 

The leaves are alternate, simple, 3 to 5 cm broad and long with five palmate lobes and a serrated margin. All parts of the plant are strongly aromatic.

 

The flowers are produced in racemes known as "strigs" up to 8 cm  long containing ten to twenty flowers, each about 8 mm in diameter. Each flower has a hairy calyx with yellow glands, the five lobes of which are longer than the inconspicuous petals.

Black currant flower

Black currants are prized for their strong aroma, flavor, and high vitamin C content. Some cultivars, particularly those that are purely Ribes nigrum, are highly susceptible to WPBR. Resistance has been developed in cultivars by crossing with Ribes nigrum and Ribes ussurienses

How To Identify Black currant?

Black current Biodiversity Medium Risk Invasive Species 14

Black currant - Ribes nigrum flowers

Leafalternate, simple, 3 to 5 cm broad and long with five palmate lobes and a serrated margin.
Flower: Pinkish flower has a hairy calyx with yellow glands and five lobes

SmellAll parts of the plant are strongly aromatic

Black current Biodiversity Medium Risk Invasive Species 14

Black currant leaves

Black current Biodiversity Medium Risk Invasive Species 14

Black currant buds

Why Is Black currant A Problem?

Black currant is an alien (non-native) invasive plant and serves as an alternate hosts for the fungus Cronartium ribicola, which causes white pine blister rust (WPBR), a serious disease of white pine, an important forest and landscape tree. 

European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 non-native invasive plant species A-Z (Updated 2017)

There are currently 35 invasive plant species listed in the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations (annex 2, Part 1)...

 

Click on a species from the following list to find out more regarding non-native species subject to restrictions under Regulations 49 and 50.

Additional Non-Native Plant Species identified as Medium Risk on Ireland's Biodiversity List...

Common name 

African woodsorrel

American skunk cabbage

Annual bur-sage

Antithamnionella ternifolia

Barberry

Black currant

Brazilian waterweed

Butterfly-bush

Canadian-fleabane

Clover broomrape

Creeping Bellflower

Dead man's fingers

Douglas fir

Early goldenrod

False acacia

Field penny-cress

Garden lupin

Giant rhubarb

Hairy rocket

Himalayan honeysuckle

Himalayan knotweed

Holm oak

Japanese barberry

Japanese honeysuckle

Japanese rose

Leafy spurge

Least duckweed

Narrow-leaved ragwort

New Zealand bur

Ostrich fern

Pampas grass

Pitcherplant

Red oak

Red sheath tunicate

Rock cotoneaster

Rum cherry

Russian-vine

Salmonberry

Sea-buckthorn

Sycamore

Three-cornered garlic

Traveler's-joy

Tree of heaven

Turkey oak

Virginia-creeper

Warty cabbage

Water fern

Wild parsnip

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