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).

Metaplexis japonica (Rough Potato)
Metaplexis japonica (Rough Potato) Asclepiadaceae
Perennial vines found in sunny grassland and forest edge. Prefer dry environment and grow by extending rhizomes. Twine adjacent plants but does not grow that tall. Flowers are star-shaped, about 1 cm in diameter and have curled edge petals. The actual color is light purple but with hairy white center, the entire flowers look white. Flower stalks grow from the axils of leaves and bloom several flowers. Leaves are long heart-shaped with pointed tip, about 5 to 10 cm long and the reverse side is whitish green. Have white juice when folding leaves or stems. In autumn, bear elongated potato-like fruits, about 10 cm long and about 2 cm wide and split open vertically when ripe. Seeds with silk-like long strings are flown by the wind.

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