Ribes nigrum | Black Currant | Cuirín dubh
Invasive species - risk of Medium Impact
Introduction pathways - 1
Escape from Confinement
Introduction pathways subclass - 1
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
Erect deciduous shrub , 1-2m tall, 5 lobed green leaves with shiny black berries (Booy et al., 2015).
Outcompetes native vegetation (Booy et al., 2015), considered naturalised due to the long history of cultivation.
Woodland, forest and other wooded land; Regularly or recently cultivated agricultural, horticultural or domestic habitat; Constructed, industrial or other artificial habitats,
Pathway and vector description
Imported into Britain in the 17th century from Holland (Preston et al., 2004), cultivated in Ireland and present prior to 1866 (Reynolds, 2002). Widely planted in gardens as a hedging plant and for berries.
Mechanism of impact
Damp woodlands and riverbanks.
Established - Widespread, locally abundant, possibly under recorded.
Boreal species: native to parts of the northern temperate forests of the northern Hemisphere and widely naturalised elsewhere (Preston et al., 2004).
Date of first record category
Fifty year date category
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020
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A widespread garden escape most likely bird-sown. A fruit crop native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia. Used in desserts and preserves.
Reynolds, S.C.P. (2002) A catalogue of alien plants in Ireland. National Botanic Gardens. Glasnevin, Dublin. Preston, C.D., Pearman, D. A. & Dines, T. D. (2002). New atlas of the British and Irish flora. An atlas of the vascular plants of Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, Oxford University Press. Booy, O., Wade, M. & Roy, H. (2015) A Field Guide to Invasive Plants & Animals in Britain. Bloomsbury.