Family: Grossulariaceae, currant family
Genus, species: Ribes uva-crispa
Leaves are deeply notched with 3 to 5 lobes.
Flowers are bell-shaped, produced singly or in pairs.
Fruit is small but edible, usually green.
Branches are covered with sharp spines.
Gooseberry is native to Europe and Asia.
The family name, Grossulariaceae, is from the French name, groseille, for the gooseberry. The genus name, Ribes, is from the Persian for "rhubarb." The species name, uva-crispa, is from the Latin for "curled."