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 tschonoskii
Carpinus tschonoskii Betulaceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that grows wild near human residences and can be ordinarily seen in the mountain areas. The trunk grows to be 30 cm wide, and cortex is smooth feeling to touch and tinged with gray-brown in color. When lichenes (Chiirui) such as molds and algae attach to them that causes many of the trees in vertical white-striped. This makes us to distinguish this species from the other hornbeam. A decade ago, people used to utilize them as fuelwood and charcoal. The leaves are egged-shaped or elliptically-shaped about 4 to 8 cm long. The leaves have lightly-coated with trichome on both surfaces with a sawtooth (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw- serrated edges at the tip of a leaf). The blossom seasons are about April to May and a monoecious plant. Simultaneously, new leaves sprout and flowers blossom, Pale yellowish male flowers dangle from the branch that grew the previous year and female flowers are attached on the new branch that extends on that year. The seeds are egged-shaped about 5 mm long, and are ablaze with yellow.

●Height about 20 m
●Place Trail 1 and 2, Trail 4, Mt.Inari
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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