Mountain Gooseberry has saucer-shaped
flowers, as compared to the tubular flowers of other gooseberry species such as
Trumpet Gooseberry. Leaves and flower stems
are glandular-hairy. Leaves are deeply lobed. Stems have several spines at each
nodes. Plants produce red fruits. Mountain Gooseberry grows on slopes and in spruce
forests from montane to alpine elevations.
Compare to Ribes inerme, which also
has spines at the nodes. Flowers of Ribes inerme, however, are longer
and lack glandular hairs. Sepals of Ribes inerme are longer and reflexed,
compared to sepals of Ribes montigenum which point outward forming a
cup. Also, stamens of Ribes inerme are exerted, while the stamens of
Ribes montigenum are inside the flowers.