Wildlife, Animals, and Plants
VALUE AND USE
SPECIES: Ribes velutinum | Desert Gooseberry
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE :
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE :
Desert gooseberry is fair to poor forage for livestock. Deer,
chipmunks, scrub jays, and magpies consume its fruit .
Rodents burrow at the base of desert gooseberry; the roots and stems of
desert gooseberry help stabilize the walls of their tunnels .
NUTRITIONAL VALUE :
COVER VALUE :
VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES :
OTHER USES AND VALUES :
Gooseberries (Ribes spp.) are used for making jam, jelly, and pie .
Some western Indian tribes used gooseberries for making pemmican .
MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS :
Desert gooseberry is an alternate host for white pine blister rust
(Cronartium ribicola) which infests five-needled pines. Tree mortality
from white pine blister rust is generally less in dry than in moist
climates . Because of their association with the rust, Ribes spp.
have been targets of various eradication efforts; however, these efforts
have not been successful in the western states [7,14].
Related categories for Species: Ribes velutinum
| Desert Gooseberry