Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Fragaria vesca Linnaeus
(Wild Strawberry, Woodland Strawberry)

Family: Rosaceae

Status: Native

Fragaria americana of NM authors, not (Porter) Britton
Fragaria bracteata Heller
Fragaria californica Chamisso & Schlechtendal
Fragaria vesca Linnaeus subsp. bracteata (Heller) Staudt
Fragaria vesca Linnaeus subsp. californica (Chamisso & Schlechtendal) Staudt

Fragaria vesca is a prostrate stoloniferous herb that can carpet the middle elevation forest floor. It bears white flowers that develop into the familiar red strawberry, although the wild fruit is usually only a few millimeters to a centimeter or so in size. The leaves are hairy and trifoliate.
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Fragaria vesca, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Little Cherry Creek Ranch, June 27, 2007

Fragaria vesca, inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Black Range, East Canyon, Apr. 16, 2008

Fragaria vesca, closeup of inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Little Cherry Creek Ranch Road, April 9, 2009

Fragaria vesca, closeup of fruit, photo Russ Kleinman and the GNPS Field Trip to Little Cherry Creek Ranch Road, Pinos Altos Range, May 17, 2009

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