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Wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Observed: 25th July 2012 By: ThistleThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in Plants
Wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Description:

I've entered this as Wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca) but it could be Barren strawberry (Potentilla sterilis). Would anyone like to convince me one way or the other. (An accidental introduction to the site last year it could even be a strawberry cultivar. Entered as gardens and parks because of its origins.)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) interacts

Comments

Rachy Ramone's picture

Barren Strawberry...

.... has the terminal leaflet point not extending beyond the side ones.

So the leaf looks somewhat "rounder" in overall outline.

I'm not quite brave enough to make a positive ID from the photo - I'll leave that for someone else!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

markwilson's picture

I also chicken out but you

I also chicken out but you can use - if you want

From BSBI Crib
http://www.bsbi.org.uk/Fragaria_Crib_3.pdf

These two species are readily distinguishable, but are sometimes confused vegetatively. Those relying
only on the well-known terminal tooth character may occasionally get caught out if other characters are
not also used.

Potentilla sterilis (L.) Garcke: Terminal tooth of leaflet usually much smaller and shorter (rarely longer)than adjacent teeth (Fig. a).; leaflets broadly obovate, dull, mid to dark green.

Fragaria vesca L.: Terminal tooth of leaflet usually longer than adjacent teeth but sometimes shorter, andusually not much smaller than adjacent teeth (Fig. b); leaves elliptic to obovate, shiny, bright
yellowish-green.

lavateraguy's picture

Like the preceding two people ...

... I'm not willing to call it on this photograph. As already said Potentilla sterilis has the terminal lobe shorter than the adjacent lobes, and Fragaria vesca has it longer. Occasionally, as here, you get a plant where the terminal lobe is about as long as the adjacent lobes.

Thistle's picture

Indecision

Many thanks for the comments. The leaflet tips are certainly not much help here. Looking at the leaf colour, I think I'll stick with Fragaria vesca for the moment.

landgirl's picture

Leaf characteristics

The shiny/dull characteristic is pretty good, normally.

Rachy Ramone's picture

But so much easier...

... in person, than from a photo!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY