Ribes, a genus of shrubs forming a well-marked tribe of the order Saxifragaceze (q.v.), comprising some sixty species, mostly American, but including the European R. Grossularia, the gooseberry (q.v.), R. rubrum and R. nigrum, the red and the black currant (q.v.). They have scattered lobate leaves; racemes of flowers with a five-lobed coloured calyx, five petals and five perigynous stamens; and many-seeded berries, M..
sanguineum, the red-flowered currant, a native of western North America, is a favourite in our flower-gardens.