Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Focke, H. G. A. Engler & K. A. E. Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(3):33. 1888
Syn: Fragaria indica Andrews
Common names: false strawberry, Indian-strawberry, mock strawberry, yellow-flowered strawberry
Perennial spreading herb with long stolons; leaves trifoliate, hairy on both surfaces, leaflets obovate to rhombic-oblong, up to 4 cm long, margin serrate; flower 1.5-2 cm across, yellow; epicalyx 3-lobed at apex; petals oblong-obovate, slightly longer than sepals; carpels free, numerous; fruit fleshy, red, up to 1.5 cm across;
Fruits are attractive but deceptive, being totally tasteless to eat. Very Common in Kashmir valley in forest shade and wet slopes.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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