Adoxa moschatellina

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Adoxa
A. moschatellina
Binomial name
Adoxa moschatellina

Adoxa moschatellina (moschatel, five-faced bishop,[1] hollowroot, muskroot, townhall clock,[2] tuberous crowfoot) is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae. It grows throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, in hedgerows, cool forests, at low altitudes in the far north, to high altitudes in mountains in the south of its range. The plant and its flowers have a musk-like scent, which it emits towards evening when the dew falls. If the plant is bruised this scent disappears. In Europe, it flowers in April and May.

The names "five-faced bishop" and "townhall clock" allude to the structure of its inflorescence. This consists of five flowers: one four-petalled flower facing upwards, and four five-petalled flowers facing horizontally, as seen in the pictures.

Adoxa moschatellina from Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (1885)


  1. ^ Collins Dictionary entry
  2. ^ "Wessex Wanderings: Local parks and woodlands in Spring". 2016-04-30. Retrieved 2017-04-09.

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