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Indian Strawberry, False Strawberry, Mock Strawberry
Synonyms of Potentilla indica: Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Teschem., Duchesnea indica var. albicarpa Y.N.Lee, Duchesnea indica var. major Makino, Duchesnea major (Makino) Makino, Fragaria indica Andrews, Fragaria malayana Roxb., Fragaria nilagirica Zenker, Potentilla denticulosa Ser.Potentilla durandii Torr. & A.Gray, Potentilla indica var. microphylla (T.T.Yu & T.C.Ku) H.Ohashi, Potentilla trifida Pall.
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 1807.
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 445 species in the Potentilla genus (as of 4-22-20 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the Rosaceae Family with a total of 103 genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made. Up to species and down two genera since 4-11-20.
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, below, is somewhat different
The above distribution map for the species from the USDA Plants Database for North America shows a much wider range for Potentilla indica than the map on Plants of the World Online. The USDA Plants Database is using the name Duchesnea indica.
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.
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NOTE: Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date database. It is very hard for some to keep with name changes these days so you may find a few discrepancies between the websites. Just be patient. Hopefully, someday they will be in harmony. 🙂