I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Fragaria virginiana (Mountain Strawberry)
7/3/16 North Lake Road, Bishop region, Eastern Sierra,
Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA
7/4/16 Rock Creek, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, CA
Leaf: thin; petiole generally 1--25 cm; central leaflet stalk 1--3 mm, blade generally 15--60 mm, obovate, rounded to truncate, teeth generally 7--13, above middle, +- obtuse, central tooth << adjacent; leaflets generally glabrous adaxially, +- hairy abaxially.
Inflorescence: < leaves.
Flower: +- 10--20 mm wide; hypanthium bractlets unlobed; sepals 3--6 mm; petals 4--9 mm. Fruit: receptacle +- 10 mm; achene +- 1.5 mm.
Ecology: Meadows, forest openings;
Elevation: generally 1200--3300 m.
Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaRH, SNH, MP;
Distribution Outside California: to eastern North America.
Flowering Time: May--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Daniel Potter & Barbara Ertter