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).

Cardamine tanakae
Cardamine tanakae Cruciferae
Biennial herbs (Sprout in autumn and spent winter and bloom on the following season) found in wet and shady areas in mountains. Unlike cardamine appendiculata grow near streams, this plant grow in forests. The Japanese name Maruba-konronso literally meaning round shaped leaves was named because shape of leaves are round-shaped compare to other plants. Have white soft hair on entire plants and this is where to identify this plant from other plants in cardamine leucantha genes. Leaves are pinnately compound leaves (small leaflets arranged on a leaf stalk) and five to seven leaves placed as a set. Have round-edged toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Flowers are white, cross-shaped four petals, 6 mm in diameter and some flowers bloom on the tip of stem. A part of the Japanese name, konron was named after the snow in Mt. Konron in China for the white flowers of this plant.

●Season  Early April to Mid May
●Height about 10 to 20 cm
●Place Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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