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 laxiflora
Carpinus laxiflora Betulaceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that grows wild along the humid and fertile places along the mountain streams in the plain field and in the mountain area. Cortex is smooth feeling to touch and tinged with dark gray. The trunk grows to be about 30 cm wide, while the old trees have a string-like hollow grown. Around the time that new sprouts are about to shoot, they dangle lots of spikes of reddish male flowers, and all the more they turn into red autumn leaves. This is why they are named ‘Carpinus laxiflora’ (Aka-shide). ‘Shide’ is the paper that hangs from Sacred Rope, and the appearance of the seed to cover the spikes looks like the one of dangling Sacred Rope. The leaves are egged-shaped about 3 to 7 cm long with the sharp top, and with a sawtooth (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw- serrated edges at the tip of a leaf). Their characteristic of a leaf is thin and paper-like feeling to touch. Around the time of blossom seasons, the edge, the minutely serrated is about April to May. They are a monoecious plant and the flowers blossom about around the same time when the leaves sprout open out. Male flowers dangle from the branch that grew the previous year and female flowers are attached on the old branch.

●Height about 10 to 15 m
●Place Trail 3 and 4, Mt.Inari
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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