Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt Takao is located at the borderline of warm-temperature zone and cool-temperature zone and various plants from both zones grow. There are a lot of naturally grown plants and their visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. Over 1,500 kinds of plants are confirmed which is relevant to the number of kinds naturally grow in England. Also, over 60 kinds of plants are first found in Mt. Takao such as Takao Sumire (V. yezoensis f. discolor) and Takao Higodai (Saussurea sinuatoides).

Paederia scandens var.mairei (Skunk Vine)
Paederia scandens var.mairei (Skunk Vine) Rubiaceae
Perennial vine found in sunny woodland, grassland and on riverbank. Vein twines around adjacent plants from a woody rootstock. It was named because of their distinct odor when kneading leaves or stems, or crushing fruits. Flowers are dropping tubular, bell-shaped and 1 cm long. Flower stalks are randomly borne from the axils of leaves. Contrary to the image from its name, bloom cute white flowers with magenta center. It also has Japanese name Saotome-Kazura literally meaning straw hat that rice planting young women wear. Leaves are heart-shaped with pointed tip and stipules on leafstalks are triangle-shaped like scales. Bears shiny brownish yellow fruits after flowering with two seeds inside and have long been used as folk remedy for curing frostbite and chapped skin.

●Season  August to about September
●Height  Vine
●Places  Trail 1, Trail 4、Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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