Fragaria nilgerrensis Schltdl. ex J.Gay, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sér. 4, 8:206. 1857 (Syn: Fragaria elatior Wight & Arn. (Unresolved); Fragaria hayatai Makino (Unresolved); Fragaria nilgerrensis subsp. hayatae (Makino) Staudt; Fragaria nilgerrensis var. nilgerrensis ; Potentilla nilgerrensis (Schltdl. ex J.Gay) Mabb. (Unresolved));

Common name: Nilgiri Strawberry

[China, E India, Nepal, Sikkim, N Vietnam] from Flora of China;



Perennial herb. Leaves 3 x 5 cm, subcoriaceous, hirsute, especially below; stipules sheathing; rachis to 7 cm long; mid-leaflets obovate, 3.5 x 2.5 cm, base cuneate, margin deeply serrate; laterals oblique, 2.5 x 2 cm. Cymes erect, to 5 cm long; peduncles golden villous. Petals elliptic, 5 mm, yellow. Stamens numerous. Pistils numerous, on a convex receptacle; ovule 1. Achenes numerous, on fleshy torus.

Flowering and fruiting: February-April
Evergreen forests
Peninsular India (Endemic)

(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi





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Fragaria daltoniana J.Gray  photographed in Sunderdhunga valley (2700m), Uttarakhand.


Spreading hairs on petiole, appressed calyx in fruit are creating doubt.
With spreading hairs on petiole, appressed calyx, bifid epicalyx seem to be suggesting F. nilgerrensis 


Thank you for the correction in ID Sir.

I also checked FoC and the keys smoothly reach to F.nigerrensis Schltdl. ex J.Gay.

A specimen from India at Kew:
http://www.kew.org/herbcatimg/341871.jpg

also indicate my plant as F.nilgerrensis and has less resemblance to F.daltoniana specimen at Kew:
http://www.kew.org/herbcatimg/341863.jpg

This species is not reported from Uttarakhand though known in adjacent Nepal.


More research and a new record for you from Western Himalayas






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