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A deciduous unarmed shrub with prostrate, rooting branches; young shoots glabrous. Leaves deeply five- to seven-lobed, 11⁄2 to 4 in. wide, the lobes doubly toothed, bright green and smooth on both sides, except for occasional hairs on the veins beneath; stalk bristly at the base. Flowers greenish, produced eight to twelve together on erect, slender racemes, 2 to 3 in. long, stalks and ovary with gland-tipped hairs; sepals glabrous outside. Fruits red, glandular, 1⁄4 in. in diameter.
Native of N. America, where it is widely spread over the cool moist regions on both east and west sides; introduced in 1812. It is distinct in its prostrate habit, nearly or quite glabrous, evil-smelling leaves, and red, glanded fruits. Nearly allied to this are:
R. affine Dougl., not Kunth