Quinquefoliate Strawberry

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IT may interest botanical readers to know that we have here a variety of strawberry many petioles of which bear five leaflets. This kind of leaf is also transmitted to its offspring when propagated by runners, and I think it may be possible to raise from seed progeny the whole of whose petioles will bear five leaflets. It is an excellent variety in every respect; the fruit is symmetrical, and of rich flavour. When we consider that Duchesne's strawberry, Fragaria monophylla (described by Mr. Dyer in NATURE, vol. xxix. p. 215), was unifoliate, and that ordinary strawberries are trifoliate, this variety certainly is unique, and suggests still further possibilities of development in the genus Fragaria.

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