Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Duchesnea indica


Also known as mock strawberry, it's an introduced species closely related to strawberry (Fragaria) from Asia ("indica" means from India). Mock strawberry is mostly restricted to East Texas and is found growing in old fields. It spreads by making little plantlets like the true strawberry and can be weedy in some areas. The fruit is edible but small and bland (yes, I tasted it). The flowers look like yellow versions of typical strawberry flowers.

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