E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Adoxa moschatellina L.
moschatel (muskroot)
Adoxaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Adoxa moschatellina
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a fleshy-scaled rhizome; stems erect, 5-20 cm tall; plant gives off a musky odor.
Basal leaves long-stalked, divided into 3 long-stalked, 3-cleft leaflets, 4-16 cm long, glabrous; stems leaves opposite, 0.8-4 cm long, palmately lobed, usually borne a little above the middle of the flowering shoot.
Inflorescence of inconspicuous flowers, sessile in the heads; petals yellowish-green, 4- to 6-lobed, 5-8 mm wide.
Dry, green drupes, 2-3 mm long, with 4-5 nutlets.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist forests in the montane zone; infrequent in N and C BC; N to NT, E to ON and S to NY and CO.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Adoxa moschatellina

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 250 675 1490
Slope Gradient (%) 0 8 43
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 2 352
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 5 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(3), ESSF(1), ICH(7), SBS(9)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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