Grossulariaceae: Gooseberry Family — Currants
The Gooseberry family contains a single genus Ribes, which includes both currants and gooseberries. These two groups can be distinguished by whether or not the stems have prominent and extremely sharp nodal spines. Gooseberries have them, currants do not. In addition, stems of certain gooseberries can be extremely bristly between the nodes; an important but not always reliable diagnostic feature.