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).

Pyrola japonica(Shinleaf)
Pyrola japonica(Shinleaf) Pyrolaceae
Perennials evergreen herbs found in bright woodland. Japanese name, Ichiyaku-So literally meaning one medicinal plant was named because they offer great effects as treatment herbs. Dried entire plants are used to cure beriberi and the extracts from its leaves are used to stop bleeding. At the tip of long upright stems, bloom three to ten drooping white flowers, about 1.2 to 1.5 cm long and resemble ume (Japanese apricot) flowers. Have five petals, curved pistils protrude and the tips of stamens have holes to release pollen. Leaves are about 3 to 6 cm long, about 2 to 4 wide, oval-shaped and mostly basal. Leave veins have lighter color and netlike appearance. Leaves are leathery with toothed margins. After flowering, remained pistils bear fruits in capsule and open when they are ripe.

●Season  Early June to about Early July
●Height  about 15 to 20 cm
●Place  Trail 3, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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