The Mocking Duchesnea indica

— feeling amazing



The mock strawberry may look juicy but its taste has been described as everything from insipid to poisonous!

D. indica is not a berry and like its more delicious cousin is actually an accessory fruit. Such fruits are not ovary-derived but other tissue adjacent to it.

In the case of the straw"berries", the fruits are the hard seed-like structures, outside the fleshy achene,



The not-mocking strawberry achene



The not so polite one


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