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).

Nanocnide japonica
Nanocnide japonica Urticaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) grow covering the ground found in tree shades in mountains. Bloom small light purple flowers in early spring but they are too small to notice unless taking a closer look. Most of plants bloom various shaped flowers for insects to pollinate. For this plant, it is believed that flowers do not have to be too distinct because it pollinate by winds. Flowers are male and female flowers and male flowers are in clusters on the upper part of stem and female flowers are at the base of stem. Leaves are about 3 cm long, triangle-like egg-shaped with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw) and shiny texture.

●Season March to April
●Height about 10 to 30 cm
●Place Trail 1, Trail 3 and 4, Trail 6, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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