Indian Strawberry, False Strawberry, Mock Strawberry
Synonyms of Potentilla indica (16) (Updated on 5-21-21 from Plants of the World Online): Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Teschem., Duchesnea indica var. albicarpa Y.N.Lee, Duchesnea indica f. albocaput Naruh., Duchesnea indica var. major Makino, Duchesnea major (Makino) Makino, Fragaria indica Andrews, Fragaria malayana Roxb., Fragaria nilagirica Zenker, Fragaria roxburghii Wight & Arn., Potentilla denticulosa Ser., Potentilla durandii Torr. & A.Gray, Potentilla indica f. albicaput (Naruh.) H.Ohashi, Potentilla indica var. microphylla (T.T.Yu & T.C.Ku) H.Ohashi, Potentilla khasiana C.B.Clarke ex Dikshit & Panigrahi, Potentilla trifida Pall., Potentilla trifida Lehm.
Potentilla indica (Andrews) Th.Wolf is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Potentilla. It was named and described as such by Theodor Franz Wolf in Synopsis der Mitteleuropaischen Flora in 1904. It was first named Fragaria indica by Henry Cranke (Charles) Andrews in Botanists’ Repository in 1807.
I noticed a few websites are using Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Teschem. as the accepted scientific name. It was named and described as such by James Engelbert Teschemacher in Horticultural Register, and Gardener’s Magazine in 1835. POWO has this name listed as a synonym of Potentilla indica.
The genus, Potentilla L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of the first volume of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists 482 species in the Potentilla genus (as of 5-21-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Rosaceae with a total of 105 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
The above distribution map for Potentilla indica is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for the United States and Canada is similar but they are still using the species name Duchesnea indica…
The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
I found this plant along the creek in a wooded area behind the farm (on the neighbor’s property) on April 14 in 2020. Many years ago I lived in Springfield (Missouri) and the yard on one side of the house was LOADED with these strawberry plants with yellow flowers. Their fruit was small and shaped like a strawberry with LOADS of seeds. I thought they were some sort of wild strawberry so I picked one and gave it a try. It was so bland and tasteless it was hard to believe it was a strawberry. Well, now I know they weren’t actually wild strawberries at all. I was so glad when I found several colonies along the creek I could photograph. Weird how I have walked along the creek in this area for many years and never paid much attention because I was mushroom hunting… I haven’t found mushrooms here for a very long time, so it is best I stick with wildflowers. I planned on going back later to take photos of the fruit but so far I haven’t made it… Maybe in 2021.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at email@example.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky
Some of the websites listed below use the scientific name Potentilla indica and some use Duchesnea indica. This means some sites may not have updated since the name change (one way or the other). It is most likely the correct scientific name is going to turn out to be Potentilla indica. SO, I need to make a note to keep an eye out for the maps to update and the name to see if it changes…
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY-BURKE HERBARIUM
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
EAT THE WEEDS
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂