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).

Akebia quinata
Akebia quinata Lardizabalaceae
Found in mountains and fields. Are well known for the edible fruits and fruits skin. Fruits open when ripen, hence the Japanese name Akebi literally meaning open fruits. In spring, bloom light purple flower on flower stalk from young leaves. Have male flower on the tip of flower stalk and female flowers on the lower parts of flower stalks. Female flowers are 3 cm long and twice the size of male flowers. Have stick-like stamens from the center of three sepals like petals. Leaves are palmate compound leaves and five small oval-shaped leaves are on the long leaf stalk. If leaves are trifoliate compound leaf, it is akebia trifoliata with three leaves. Fruits are 5 to 10 cm long and small oval-shaped. In September, turn purple and split open vertically. Fruits are edible raw but fresh but it is recommended to heat the skin.

●Season Mid April to Mid May
●Height Vines
●Place Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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