News is pretty old (2013) , but New Strawberry discovered IN Cascade Mountains in Oregon
I am not certain where the original website I read is, but here is something.
Can I get this job? Researchers have discovered a new species of wild mountain strawberry. It grows in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, at elevations of 3,000 feet to about 5,000 feet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already squirreled away a sample of the strawberry in its plant bank in Corvallis, Oregon. The U.S. agency manages the bank as a repository of genetic diversity for edible plants.
At first blush, the new strawberry looks much like other wild strawberries that grow throughout Washington, Oregon and California, says Kim Hummer, the USDA biologist who discovered the berry. Genetically, however, it’s quite different. It has 10 sets of chromosomes (edit) (2n = 10x = 70 )unlike other wild strawberries in the area, which have only eight. In fact, the only other 10-chromosome wild strawberry that scientists have identified grows on one Russian island northwest of Hokkaido, Japan.**(see below) Grocery store strawberries have eight sets of chromosomes.
Having more chromosomes often make fruits bigger, but the new berry, which Hummer named Fragaria cascadensis, is small.
Other subtle differences set the “Cascade strawberry” apart. It has tiny hairs on the upper surface of its leaves and has comma-shaped, instead of teardrop-shaped, seeds on its surface. (Scientists actually consider each of those “seeds” a separate fruit. They’re called achenes.)
Want to see and taste the new fruit for yourself? Hikers may find the berry growing on the western, wetter side of the Cascade Mountains, off the Pacific Crest Trail, Hummer tells Popular Science. It grows only in Oregon. Hummer suggests rubbing the leaves to feel if there are those telltale hairs.
Some may be able to spot the hairs and the seed shape, although Hummer suggests a pocket magnifying glass for those with “older eyes.”
The berries, which ripen in August, are edible. Hummer doesn’t make them sound particularly tasty, however. “Flavor-wise, it had a sugar-acid mix. It has a white interior. It’s soft,” she says. “It would take a lot of developing to make a commercially viable fruit out of it.”
Copied from here but second link is a better article (has USDA ID NUMBER) D2877-1
the only other 10-chromosome wild strawberry that scientists have identified grows on one Russian island northwest of Hokkaido, Japan.**(see below)
Quickly I actually looked this up through investigative work of the Island, (using Latin name of strawberry Fragaria )
but actually afterwards clicked on a wikipedia article was also found but easier
I have to add though that may be the original Article I did read, but may have read several
I am quite certain though what I read was the fruit was insipid , and had not much flavor at all, but I may be wrong (2013 is a while back )
A interesting thing to look up is New Monotype Genus (single Genus like Gingko)
as well saw some new species Today
Do not get this mixed up with subspecies F. virginiana subsp. platypetala
they are different species not the same
(if interested see my previous edited out post on previous article listing subspecies platypetala as decaploid which I think is incorrect )
distinguished F. cascadensis by ploidy from sympatric octoploid F. virginiana subsp. platypetala and diploid F. vesca subsp. bracteata , but also found morphological differences between these taxa in the Oregon Cascades. Fragaria cascadensis has hairs on the upper surface of the leaves, and achenes that are frequently comma-shaped, F. virginiana subsp. platypetala of the Oregon Cascades has no hairs on the upper leaf surface, and achenes are dome-shaped. Differences between F. cascadensis and F. vesca subsp. bracteata are related to leaf color and leaf margins. Fragaria cascadensis has slightly bluish green leaves and the distal tooth of terminal leaflets is smaller than surrounding teeth, while F. vesca subsp. bracteata has Kelly green leaves and the terminal tooth is usually longer than surrounding teeth (Hummer)