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).

Alangium platanifolium var. trilobum
Alangium platanifolium var. trilobum Alangiaceae

They are deciduous shrub that grow in bushes of mountain areas. As the shape of their leaves are similar to the ones of cucurbit. Then they are named. Cortex is tinged with gray color with many lenticels and young leaf is tinged with green color bearing short hairs. Their leaves are 10 to 20 cm long and grow alternative on the branch. Their edges are divided into 3 to 5 shallow with the sharp top. Their characteristics of leaves are thin, bearing sparse trichome on the surface as well as dense trichome at the back of it. Their blossom seasons are about May to June. They grow inflorescence (Kajo : stalk blooming flowers) from the root of the leaf to dangle white some flowers. The flower is about 3 to 3.5 cm long with 6 flower petals rolled backward strongly They have 12 male stamens and an anther which produces a female stamen is thin and long, and tinged with yellow, about cm long. The seeds are elliptically spherical shape, when matured they turn into indigo blue. The leaves turn into yellow in autumn.

●Height About 3 to 4 m

●Place Trail 2 and 3,Trail 5 and 6, Mt.Inari

※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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