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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Adoxa moschatellina, Moschatel, Town-hall Clock

One learns plants one at a time.  And today, thanks once again to Prof. William Coleman, I learned about the Town-hall Clock plant.

Adoxa moschatellina is commonly known as the Town-hall Clock plant because its flowers are in a perfect square with a fifth one on the top.  Click on any picture to expand it.
Its "proper" English name is Moschatel; but where does that come from? 
"Moschea" is Italian for Mosque.  So perhaps whoever originally named this plant in its Latin Linnaeus description meant that it ressembles a little Mosque -- corrupted to Town-hall Clock.  What do you think?

Here it is in a shady Sussex bridleway.
And one more accidental shot, which I enjoy.
You never know what a Ramblers' walk may bring! 
Thanks to Sue for leading this 10 miles walk for Mid Sussex Ramblers.

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