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).

Panax japonicus (Japanese Ginseng)
Panax japonicus (Japanese Ginseng) Araliaceae
Perennial herbs found in hilly grassland and woods. A part of ginseng family and Japanese name Tochiba-Ninjin literally meaning Tochinoki (aesculus turbinata) ginseng) is named because leaves resemble Tochinoki (Aesculus turbinata). Also called as Chikusetsu Ninjin literally meaning bamboo nodes ginseng because rhizomes are thick with distinct nodes resembling bamboo. Rhizomes are used as medicine for coughing, sputum and stomachaches. Flowers are about 3 mm in diameter and light green. On the tip of long flower stalks, flowers are densely arranged in umbels. Have five palmate leaves and whorls in three or five on the tip of long leave stem. Soft texture leaves with irregularly toothed margins. After flowering, bears a red fruit per flower, one about 5 to 7 mm in diameter and sometimes with a black top.

●Season  Mid-June to about Mid-July
●Height  about 50 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 5, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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