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).

Galium kinuta
Galium kinuta Rubiaceae
Perennials herbs found on mountain slopes and in woods. Is known for its small cute flowers bloom in summer. Japanese name “Kinuta-So” was named because round shaped nuts resemble Kinuta (a fulling block used to beat the fibers to make the cloth thicker and/or softer). Flowers are white cross-shaped and about 2 to 3 mm in diameter. Stems are square cross sectional and grow upright and have three or four flower stalks grow multiple branches from the tip. Leaves are narrowly oval-shaped with pointed tip, leathery, about 2 to 8 cm long and about 0.8 to 2.5 cm wide with three principal veins. Leaves are in whorls of four, radiating from a single stem.

●Season  July to about September
●Height  about 30 to 50 cm
●Place  Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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