Duchesnea indica is a perennial herb, trailing, stems several from one root crown (Yatskievych 2006), aggressively colonial from runners, finely hairy, very similar in appearance to native wild strawberry.
Leaves semi-evergreen, alternate, 3-parted, leaflets 2-5 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, margin with rounded teeth.
Flowers yellow, radially symmetrical, ca 1.5 cm wide, petals 5, sepals 5, green alternating with petals, stamens 20-25, pistils numerous, embedded in the expanded floral base (receptacle); floral parts above 5 large, 3-toothed bracts.
Fruit dry 1-seeded (achenes) on the surface of the enlarged, fleshy, red, strawberry-like receptacle; pulp lipid <10%, (White and Stiles 1992), eaten by many birds and small mammals; edible but rather tasteless.
Wetland status: FACU-.
Frequency in NYC: Occasional
Habitat: light shade of disturbed woods, roadsides, meadows, lawns and gardens.
Notes: May displace native species in forest understories.