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Taxon: Potentilla indica (Andrews) Th. Wolf

Genus: Potentilla
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Tribe: Potentilleae
Subtribe: Potentillinae
Nomen number: 29500
Place of publication: P. F. A. Ascherson & K. O. R. P. P. Graebner, Syn. mitteleur. Fl. 6:661. 1904
Link to protologue: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/25151793
Name Verified on: 25-Jun-2018 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 24 (9 active, 7 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

  • false strawberry  (Source: AH 505) - English
  • Indian-strawberry  (Source: AH 505) - English
  • mock strawberry  (Source: AH 505) - English
  • wild strawberry  (Source: Aust Pl Common Names) - English
  • yellow-flower-strawberry  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • she mei  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (as Duchesnea indica) ornamental (as Duchesnea indica)
  • Medicines: folklore (as Duchesnea indica)

Distributional Range:


    • WESTERN ASIA: Afghanistan
    • CHINA: China [Liaoning Sheng (s.)]
    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan, [Hokkaidô, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku] Korea, Taiwan

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan
    • INDO-CHINA: Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, [Jawa, Lesser Sunda Islands] Philippines


    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Slovakia
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Estonia


    • WESTERN ASIA: Turkey
    • CAUCASUS: Georgia

    • NORTHERN EUROPE: United Kingdom
    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Switzerland
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Ukraine
    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia
    • SOUTHWESTERN EUROPE: France, Portugal, Spain

    Northern America
    • EASTERN CANADA: Canada [Ontario]
    • WESTERN CANADA: Canada [British Columbia]
    • NORTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia]
    • NORTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin]
    • NORTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Oregon, Washington]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, District of Columbia]
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [Texas]
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arizona, California]


  1. Bean, A. R. 2015. Notes on Potentilla (Rosaceae) and related genera in Australia. Muelleria 33:81.
  2. Euro+Med Editorial Committee. Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource). Note: lists as Potentilla indica (Jacks.) Th. Wolf
  3. Iwatsuki, K. et al. 1993-. Flora of Japan. Note: lists as Potentilla indica (Andrews) T. Wolf; = Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Teschem.
  4. Jalas, J. & J. Suominen. 1972-. Atlas florae europaeae.
  5. Kalkman, C. 1968. Potentilla, Duchesnea, and Fragaria in Malesia. Blumea 16:344.
  6. Mabberley, D. J. 2002. Potentilla and Fragaria (Rosaceae) reunited. Telopea 9:798. Note: lists as Potentilla indica (Jacks.) T. Wolf
  7. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  8. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964-1980. Flora europaea. Note: = Duchesnea indica (Andrews) Teschem.

Check other web resources for Potentilla indica (Andrews) Th. Wolf :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=29500. Accessed 24 October 2019.