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).

Chimaphila japonica
Chimaphila japonica Pyrolaceae
Perennials evergreen herbs found on dry hills and in woods. Japanese name Ume-Kasa-So literally meaning ume (Japanese apricot) umbrella plant was named because flowers resemble ume (Japanese apricot) and drooping flowers are like umbrellas. Flowers are about 1 cm in diameter and have 5 white petals with light red center. Normally bloom one flower per stem but sometimes two. Five elongated calyx are under each petals. Leaves are about 2 to 3.5 cm long, oval-shaped with pointed tip and have white mottling along veins. Leathery and shiny leaves with toothed margins and normally two or three leaves alternate. After flowering, bear flattened round-shaped fruits at the tips of stems and open when they are ripe.

●Season  Early June to about Early July
●Height  about 10 to 15 cm
●Place  Trail 5
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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