Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Fragaria vesca - Wood Strawberry
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Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Names: Wood Strawberry, California Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Woodland Strawberry
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Shaded slopes or moist grassy openings. 30-2000 m elevation.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Herb, 5-20 cm
Comments on overall growth: Low growing, from short rhizomes and leafless stolons which do produce leaves at nodes.
Foliage Description: Basal leaves, compound with 3 leaflets all attached at tip of petiole. Leaflets 1.5-7 cm, with prominent veins, thin, sparsely hairy above and more below, widely elliptic to obovate, saw-toothed margins. Leaf stalks 3-15 cm long, slender.
Infloresence Description: 1 to several flowers grouped in an open cyme, usually held above leaves.
Flower Description: Flowers about 15 mm wide, 5 white or pinkish deciduous petals, many stamens.
Flowering Season: January-June
Fruit Description: Many small achenes embedded in enlarged fleshy receptacle (the "strawberry"), about 10 mm, red.
Edibility: Berries small but fragrant and delicious.