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Duchesnea indica
Indian-strawberry, mock-stawberry

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland western Washington; southwestern British Columbia to Oregon; also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Disturbed forest and forest edge at low elevations, where escaping from cultivation.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Introduced from Asia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Herbaceous, silky-hairy perennial, the stems trailing and freely rooting at the nodes, producing off-set plants.


Leaves slender-petiolate, the stipules toothed or lobed; leaflets 3, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 2-4 cm. long, with rounded teeth.


Flowers single on axillary peduncles; calyx saucer-shaped, 4-6 mm. long at flowering, the five lobes considerably shorter than the alternating, broadly obovate, 3-5 lobed bracteoles; petals 5, deciduous, yellow, 3-5 mm. long; stamens 20-25, shorter than the petals; pistils numerous.


Fruit a reddish achene; receptacle becoming enlarged, hemispheric, fleshy in fruit (strawberry-like).

Accepted Name:
Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Focke
Publication: Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(3): 33. 1888.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Fragaria indica Andrews
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Duchesnea indica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Duchesnea indica checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Duchesnea indica information.

E-Flora BC: Duchesnea indica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Duchesnea indica photos.

USDA Plants: Duchesnea indica information.

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