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).

Marsdenia tomentosa
Marsdenia tomentosa Asclepiadaceae
Perennials vines found in forests throughout Mt. Takao and also known as food plants for parantica sita, a beautiful butterfly. Japanese name Kijyo-Ran literally meaning female devil orchid was named because seeds with white long hair that pop when ripe resembling female devil swinging white hair. Flowers are tubular and bell-shaped, about 4 mm long, light yellowish white and many radiate from leaves. Leaves are almost round-shaped with pointed tip, about 7 to 12 cm in diameter and shiny surface. Stems are thick and green but woody at the base and twine adjacent plants. Fruits are green, oval-shaped and about 13 to 15 cm long. Ripe on the following autumn, split open vertically and seeds are flown by the wind.

●Season  August to about September
●Height  Vine
●Place  Trail 1 to 6, Mt. Inari, Jyataki, Ura-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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