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).

Asarum tamaense
Asarum tamaense Aristolochiaceae
Perennial evergreen herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in forests from hills to mountains. The Japanese name Tamano-kan-aoi was named because it was first found on hills in Tama area (kan-aoi means asarum). Mt. Takao is the westernmost area of distribution and is valuable plant as not many grow in the area. Thick leaves are like tanned leather and sagged on leaf veins. The size is 5 to 10 cm, oval-like heart-shaped. Have long petioles and bloom 4 cm in diameter flowers at the base. This base is hidden underground, flowers sometimes looks like it is dropped on the ground. It is difficult to find because some flowers are half-covered with soils or covered with fallen leaves.

●Season Mid April to Mid May
●Height about 10 cm
●Place Iroha
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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