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).

Cynanchum sublanceolatum var.macranthum
Cynanchum sublanceolatum var.macranthum Asclepiadaceae
Perennial vines found in sunny grassland and on riverbank. Stems grow long and twine adjacent plants. Japanese name, Kobano-kamome-zuru literally meaning small leaf gull vine was named because opposite leaves resemble wings of gulls. Flowers are star-shaped, about 6 to 8 mm in diameter and blooms several flowers randomly on flower stalks grow from the axils of leaves. Tips of flowers are mostly twisted and dark purple like asteroids in the ocean. Leaves are elongated oval-shaped, about 4 to 5 cm long with pointed tip and have short leave stalks. After flowering, bear elongated fruits, about 5 to 7 cm long, about 7mm wide with pointed tip. Split open when ripe and release seeds with white cotton-like hair.

●Season  July to about September
●Height  Vine
●Place  Trail 4, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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