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).

Lemmaphyllum microphyllum
Lemmaphyllum microphyllum Polypodiaceae
Evergreen ferns that have green leaves throughout the year found in mountains. Prefer wet areas including on trees or rocks. Rhizomes are thin and grow horizontally and have trophophyll (leaves for photonic synthesis) and some spore leaves (leaves with spores). Trophophyll is about 1 to 2 cm in diameter round to oval shaped and petioles are thick and grow by adjacent plants. Leaves are moistened, thick, shiny and bearable in dry environment. The Japanese name Mame-zuta literally meaning bean –shaped ferns was named because leaves are small and its round shape resembles beans. Spore leaves are about 5 to 6 cm elongated spatula-like shape grow from trophophills. Tips of leaves are curled inward and have brown sorus (spore sac that store spores) are densely placed.

●Season January to about December
●Height about 5 to 6 cm
●Place Trail 1, Trail 6
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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