Waldsteinia fragarioides (Michx.) Tratt. - Barren Strawberry


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Waldsteinia fragarioides - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Rosaceae


Moist or dry woods.




ME and western Quebec west to MN, south to PA, IN, and in mountains to GA and AL.


Herbaceous, rhizomatous perennial. Leaves all basal, trifoliate, on long petioles; leaflets broadly cuneate-obovate, serrate and usually shallowly lobed, the lateral leaflets asymmetrical. Inflorescence a cymes with few to several flowers; peduncle about equaling the leaves; sepals triangular; hypanthium obconic, its mouth contracted by a conspicuous disk; petals yellow; stamens numerous, the filaments slender, erect, persistent; carpels 2-6, free and distinct, inserted on a hairy receptacle, mostly enclosed by the hypanthium but with the styles protruding; ovule 1, basal. Fruit an achene.


Flowers early May to late June

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland -

This plant resembles strawberry (Fragaria spp.), hence the specific epithet fragarioides. It is called Barren Strawberry because it does not produce a fleshy fruit, rather a head of dry achenes. Interestingly (to me anyway), this species is absent from the Chicago region, yet seemingly common in forests of central NY.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2009