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).

Chephalotaxus harringtonia
Chephalotaxus harringtonia Cephalotaxaceae
They are small ever green arboreal tree growing small thin and long flat leaves. Cortex is dark brown, and vertically split to be cracked off. Their leaves grow in line on both sides of the branches, about 2 to 5 cm long, very short on surface, and not painful to touch. Their blossom seasons are about March to April, and a dioecious plant (Shiyuuisyu). They grow a male flower at the root of the leaf of the branch that grew the previous year, and a female flower at the top of the leaf. Next autumn, the seeds get matured to turn into red-purple color. In case that a part of the plant’s Japanese name is dog, it usually means it’s of no use. This small arboreal plants are similar to Torreya nucifera, they are inferior to Torreya nucifera. Although Torreya nucifera grow up to be large trees and they are used for construction materials, this plant is not proper for it. The nuts of Torreya nucifera are good taste but the nuts of this tree are so bitter that they are not edible.

●Height  about 6 to 10 m
●Place Trail 4, Minami-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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