BARREN STRAWBERRY

Potentilla sterilis

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

month8feb month8mar month8march month8apr month8april month8may

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round



22nd April 2008, Sabden, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Five triangular pointed sepals plainly visible in-between the petals. The small central yellow sphere eventually becomes the (small) fruit.


22nd April 2008, Sabden, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Matt-green less sharply veined trefoil leaves than those of Wild Strawberry. Leaves have fewer teeth, and again unlike those of Wild Strawberry, the terminal tooth is shorter than the two adjacent teeth. Also, the hairs are not appressed but spreading instead.


16th April 2013, church wall, Port Sunlight, Wirral. Photo: © RWD
A bluish-green mat of leaves amidst last years now brown growth.


16th April 2013, church wall, Port Sunlight, Wirral. Photo: © RWD
Leabes either pointedly toothed or rounded toothed. Note hairs on underside of last-years leaves.


16th April 2013, church wall, Port Sunlight, Wirral. Photo: © RWD
Hairs spreading rather than appressed, most under the leaf, but as can be seen here the upper surface of some leaves also have hairs.


16th April 2013, church wall, Port Sunlight, Wirral. Photo: © RWD
At the rear are ten pointed sepals, one set usually hidden from above. Stems hairy.


22nd April 2008, Sabden, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A very low plant; half the height of Wild Strawberry. The five white petals are widely separated with large gaps un-like those of Wild Strawberry.


22nd April 2008, Sabden, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The petals have a slight notch in the centre, unlike those of Wild Strawberry.


16th April 2013, church wall, Port Sunlight, Wirral. Photo: © RWD
The barren dry fruit forming within will be quite un-strawberry like both in flavour and texture. Wide spacing between the petals.


Possible confusion with : Wild Strawberry.

Not to be confused semantically with : Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo), or Strawberry Dogwood (Cornus kousa) another tree.

Flowers from much earlier than does Wild Strawberry or Garden Strawberry, starting from February and finishing earlier too in May. The fruits of Barren Strawberry are in-edible and most unlike those of either Wild Strawberry or Garden Strawberry.

Strangely, Barren Strawberry is under a different Genus (Potentilla) than that of either Garden Strawberry or Wild Strawberry (Fragaria).

Strawberry has been found to contain some ellagitannins, amongst them Potentillin and its dimer Anemoniin.


  Potentilla sterilis  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Rosaceae  

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Potentilla
(Cinquefoils)

BARREN STRAWBERRY

Potentilla sterilis

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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