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Fragaria virginiana  Duchesne
Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Height: 2-10 inches
Family: Rosaceae - Rose Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Stems: Stemless.
Leaves: Basal, long-stalked, 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to obovate, to 2 inches long, dark green, firm, sparsely pubescent to nearly glabrous above, glabrous to silky-hairy below; margins coarsely toothed with topmost tooth usually shorter and narrower than adjacent lateral teeth.
Inflorescences: Corymb-like, few- to several-flowered, terminal, on hairy flowering stalks shorter than leaves.
Flowers: Perfect or imperfect, about 1 inch wide, pistillate flowers smaller than staminate; sepals 5, up to 2/5 inch long, green, alternating with 5 leaf-like bracts that are similar in size; petals 5, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, white; stamens 20-40, in 3 whorls; pistils numerous, on a hemispheric to conical receptacle.
Fruits: Red berries, 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, fleshy, with numerous tiny, yellowish brown achenes in pits on berry surface.
Habitat: Open prairies, pastures, old fields, roadsides, and margins of woods, on moist to well-drained soils.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas.
Origin: Native
Uses: Many Native American tribes ate the fruits.
Comments: Wild strawberry forms colonies by rhizomes and stolons. Our cultivated strawberry (Fragaria ananassa Duchesne) is a hybrid between Fragaria virginiana of North America and Fragaria chiloensis (L.) Mill., a native of the west coasts of both South and North America.

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