Adoxa moschatellina L. - Muskroot


 

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Adoxa moschatellina - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Adoxaceae

Habitat

Moist, often mossy places in forested regions; in NY occurs on rocks at high elevation where cool air accumulates.

Associates

 

Distribution

Circumboreal, south in North America to southern MN, WI, northern IL, northern IA, and Delaware County, NY.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial 5-20 cm; basal leaves with long petioles, ternate, the primary divisions discrete, again 1-2-ternate or parted, ultimate segments broad, thin, round-toothed and mucronate; cauline leaves similar but smaller and less dissected, often borne a little above the middle of the shoot; corolla yellow-green, 5-8 mm wide.

Notes

Flowers May to July

Wetland indicator: FAC

Plants have a musky odor. Difficult to identify when not in flower.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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