West Highland Flora

Wild Strawberry


Fragaria vesca

 

Fragaria vesca

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Frequent on bare ground with some shade, often beside paths

Flower diameter c 1.5 cm.  Fruit c 1 cm across.

ID: In fruit can be told from escaped Garden Strawberry by the much smaller fruit which has seeds projecting from surface, not sunk in the flesh.  Side leaflets mostly unstalked; distinctly stalked in Garden S.  Sepals not conspicuous from above through gaps between petals, unlike Barren Strawberry, which also has totally different fruit.  Leaves with appressed hairs beneath, Barren S has spreading hairs there.

Other features: End leaflet V-shaped at base (more rounded in Garden S).  Spreads by long runners forming fresh plants where they touch the ground, as with Garden S.

 

  Fragaria vesca

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 
     
     

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