Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

 The wild strawberry flowers between April and July, producing white flowers – though sometimes there may be a slight touch of pink to them.

The flowers are quite small (between ½ to ¾ inch across, 10-20 mm), occurring in small clusters.  The flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals, with numerous stamens within the flower.  There are no spaces / gaps between the un-notched petals (compare with the barren strawberry – which does have gaps).

The fruit is green at first, but gradually ripens to a red colour.  The pips or seeds that form on its surface are not sunken into the fruit (as is the case for cultivated strawberry) but protrude above the surface of the fruit.  The fruit is small, about 1 cm across.  The stalk of the fruit has small hairs that point towards the fruit.(link)

24 May 2016

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