Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


498

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed areas, lawns, gardens, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013

 

full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Ternately compound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx/5 bracts
5 petals
20 stamens, in 3 lengths

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Red
Aggregate of achenes

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Potentilla indica   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Duchesnea indica   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-02-001:
Duchesnea indica   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Indian Strawberry, Mock Strawberry


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_duin_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0303o_06

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090319_001

March    Greenville County    SC

Leaves are more coarsely toothed than Fragaria, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Fragaria and Potentilla

image of Potentilla indica

JK Marlow    jkm090319_003

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm100427_051

April    Greenville County    SC

5 bracts, widened upward with 3(5) teeth, interspersed with 5 calyx lobes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE sepals and bracts of Cinquefoil and Strawberry species

image of Potentilla indica

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_duchesnea_indica

April        

Flowers have 5 yellow petals, narrowly obovate to elliptic, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE flowers of Cinquefoil and Strawberry species

image of Potentilla indica

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_duchesnea_indica_4

April        

image of Potentilla indica

JK Marlow    jkm100516_033

May    Greenville County    SC

Fruit an aggregate of achenes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE fruits that are an aggregate of achenes

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JK Marlow    jkm100516_036

May    Greenville County    SC

In contrast to Fragaria, its fruit isn't sweet and interior flesh is whitish, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Potentilla indica

JK Marlow    jkm100516_039

May    Greenville County    SC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdindica_huger

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm100622_003

June    Greenville County    SC