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).

Carpinus japanica
Carpinus japanica Betulaceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that grows wild along the sunny valley in the mountain area. Cortex is tinged with blackish brown, when they are young trees the smooth feeling to touch, but adult trees get patterns of a welt on themselves. The trunk grows to be about 20 cm wide. The characteristic of the tree is the hardest among the group of hornbeam, which is the reason for another name ‘Carpinus japonica Blume’ or ‘Carpinus japonica’, is frequently utilized for wood for furniture and appliance material. The leaves are long elliptically-shaped about 5 to 10 cm long with the sharp top as well as with a sawtooth (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw-serrated edges at the tip of a leaf). The blossom seasons are about April. As they are a monoecious plant, the flowers bloom simultaneously around the time the leaves sprout. Spikes of male flowers, about 3 to 5 cm long, dangle from the branch that grew the previous year and female flowers are attached on the new branch. Each of the seeds is covered with bracts (Kahou) about 2 cm long, and gets matured about in October.

●Height about 10 to 15 m
●Place Trail 1 to 4, Mt.Inari
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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