One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small plant of north temperate regions, with pale green musk-scented flowers which grow at right angles to each other, forming five sides of a cube.
Adoxa moschatellina, family Adoxaceae
- ‘The fact that the site is located in such a steeply sided incised valley and the presence of certain indicator species such as moschatel suggest that it could be ancient semi-natural woodland.’
- ‘The woodland areas are dominated by ash, oak, birch and hazel with an interesting ground flora including dog's mercury, wood anemone and moschatel.’
- ‘Bluebells are nearing their peak in Nut Wood, where there are early red campion in flower, with lots of lesser celandine about, and moschatel at its climax.’
- ‘The flora is suggestive in places of old oak woodland with goldilocks, buttercup, moschatel, bugle and wood sedge.’
- ‘Two rare plants, white baneberry and moschatel, are found here.’
- ‘The final highlight from my point of view was finding the delightful moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina, right) growing right by the roadside where we had parked the cars.’
Mid 18th century: from French moscatelle, from Italian moscatella, from moscato ‘musk’.
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