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).

Chrysanthemum makinoi
Chrysanthemum makinoi Compositae
They are perennial plant that grows at the sunny places along ridges and hills (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk is thin with dense paraphyllium, and sparsely-branched at the top of the stalk. Oil smelling incense-like flavor named Borneol Oil belongs to the stalk and the leaf. This is why they are named ‘santhemum makinoi’. The flower consists of tubular flowers (Toujoka: tubular corolla that gathers dense in the center, also a flower with no flower petals), about 2.5 mm in diameter, around a yellow tubular flower (Toujoka: tubular corolla that gathers dense in the center, also a flower with no flower petals) sprout white or pale red ligulate flower (Zetsujoka: porions around a tubular flower, ordinarily named a flower peal) grow around it. At the root of the flowers lies about 7 mm long hemispherically-shaped involucre (Soho: transformed leaves to wrap the flower base) with narrow involucral bract in three series. The leaf is about 4 to 8 cm long, is usually divided into three, has short footstalk, and grows alternative. The back of the leaf has scrupulous dense trichome like grayish white with large sawtooth (Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw- serrated edges at the tip of a leaf) at the edge.

●Season  Mid October to about Mid November
●Height  about 40 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Mt.Inari, Jyataki, Iroha, Ura-Takao,Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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