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).

Acer carpinifolium
Acer carpinifolium Aceraceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that grows wild at little humid places like in the valley in the mountain area. Mostly they grow in cluster along the mountain streams. The trunk is about 15 cm wide. Cortexes are tinged with gray, but when they are young ones their rash-like lentice (Himoku) stands out. When it comes to Adult trees, they got split vertically. The leaves are elliptically-shaped about 7 to 15 cm long, about 3 to 7 cm wide with the rough sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge. Unlike the other ordinary Aceraceae plants, their characteristic is they don’t have padded palm shaped splits. The blossom seasons are about May and a dioecious plant (Shiyuuisyu). Inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) grown from the side of the leaf, about 8 cm long, bears a small pale yellow flower about 1 cm long. The seeds are the ones with wings, which is common among the group of Acer, and get matured in August to October. The name comes from that the appearance of the opened seed looks like the one of the flying plovers.

●Height about 8 to 10 m
●Place Trail 1 and 2, Trail 4, Trail 6, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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