Potentilla indica (Jacks.) Th.Wolf

Indian Strawberry

Syn. Mitteleur. Fl. 6 (1): 660, 661 ; Register:39 (1905) (1904) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb to 30 cm high; runners slender, pilose, rooting at nodes, to c.50 cm long. Leaves basal and alternate along runners, 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to obovate, terminal leaflet equal or slightly larger than laterals, lamina 5–15 mm long, 7.5–15 mm wide, glabrous to sparsely pilose on upper surface, sparsely to moderately pilose below especially along veins, margins toothed; petiolules 1–2 mm long; petioles 4–15 cm long, covered in long spreading hairs. Peduncle usually only slightly exceeding leaves, 5–15 cm long. Epicalyx segments obovate, 3–5-toothed at apex, with scattered hairs, deflexed at fruiting, c. 5 mm long; sepals ovate, with long, spreading hairs, 6–10 mm long; petals shallowly emarginate to rounded, 5–8 mm long. Fruiting receptacle red, ovoid, 10–15 mm long; achenes hard. Flowers and fruits Sep.–Mar.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *VRiv. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Occurs in moist shaded areas of disturbed eucalypt forests and roadsides.

The fruits are edible but insipid.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Focke).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Potentilla
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Potentilla indica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Potentilla indica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory