A scent of musk – the ‘life and times’ of Moschatel, the Good Friday flower

Moschatel is a small, musk-scented wild flower that is often associated with ancient woodland. Richard Jefferson and Keith Kirby provide a detailed account of the habitats and distribution of Moschatel, and discuss what is known of the status of this little studied plant.

Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina is a diminutive and often overlooked flowering plant of woods and shady habitats. It appears above ground between February and March, when a shoot develops from a bud on the apex of the creeping rhizome.

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