Fragaria vesca

(Woodland Strawberry)

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Fragaria vesca, North Swan Valley, Summit Co. 4927

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Fragaria vesca, Tenderfoot Mtn, Dillon Area, Summit Co. 4332

Scientific Name Fragaria vesca USDA PLANTS Symbol FRVE
Common Name Woodland Strawberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 24634
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6400 to 10500); moist areas along streams and in woodlands.
Plant: Stemless perennial 4 to 8 inches tall, spreading by hairy runners that root as they go.
Leaves: Shiny, dark green, compound basal leaves with three leaflets, the center one 1/2-inch to 2-1/2 inches long, sharply toothed edges; center tooth at leaflet tip equal in size or extending past adjacent two teeth; upper surface is sparsely hairy, lower surface hairier.
Inflorescence: Cymes of 3 to 15 small white flowers 3/4-inch across with 5 rounded petals; conspicuous, pointed bracts.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Conical with seeds projecting out of the surface; about 1/2-inch long or less. References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G. K. Guennel, Missouri Botanical Garden. Jepson eFlora and US Forest Service.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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