Hebi Ichigo (Mock Strawberry)
Kingdom : Plantae
Order : Rosales
Family : Rosaceae
Genus : Potentilla
Species : Potentilla indica or Duchesnea indica
I found this shrubs when I was doing my doctoral program in Nagoya University Japan. The red small fruit contrasts with the green surrounding. It looks like a true strawberry, but leaves, fruit, and flower are a bit differ. I haven’t try its flavour, but my friend told me it is edible tasteless fruit. Japanese calls it “hebi ichigo” or the strawberry for snake.
In some region, mock strawberry have been domesticated as an ornamental plant. However, in some places, it is considered as a noxious weed.