Moschatel - Adoxa moschatellina

    Alternative names
    Town Hall Clock
    Description

    A delicate, low, rhizomatous, carpet forming plant. Stems slender, erect, unbranched. The flowers are green, 6 to 8 mm, in clusters of five, and known as 'Town Hall Clock' because the flowers face out in four directions at 90 degrees to each other, rather like the four faces of a town clock. The four outward facing flowers usually have 5 parts whilst the upward facing flower usually has only four parts.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Shady, moist habitats, often in deciduous woodland.

    When to see it

    April and May

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in England and Wales, but rare in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in suitable habitats in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 63 of the 617 tetrads.

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