Moschatel is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in woodland and shaded damp ground, to a mature height of up to 15cm.
The Moschatel is also known as 'Townhall Clock', as its tiny flowerheads have four five-petalled flowers at ninety-degrees to each other. The flowerheads also have a fifth flower facing upwards, with only four petals.
Botanic classification and naming: Moschatel is a member of the Moschatel (Adoxaceae) family. The genus name
'Adoxa' identifies the plant as a Moschatel and its species name 'moschatellina' means 'musk-scented plant'.
Concerns: Although widespread in the UK mainlaind, Moschatel is only found in one site in Northern Ireland and is protected under the Wildlife Order (NI) 1985.
Benefits: Pollinated by flies and nocturnal moths.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.