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).

Carpesium abrotanoides
Carpesium abrotanoides Compositae
Biennial herbs (sprout in autumn and bloom on the following year) found at forest edges near streams and roadside in mountains. Grow normally in shrubs and have large wrinkly leaves resembling leaves of tabacco, hence the Japanese name Yabu-tabako literally meaning shrubs tabacco. Stems are thick and once they grow up to 1m, radiate some branches. Radical leaves (leaves grow from roots) and leaves on lower parts of stems are about 25 to 30 cm long, 10 to 15 cm width and elongated oval-shape. Texture is thin and has short hair on both sides. Leaves become smaller as it goes up and radical leaves wither during blooming season. Flowers are 1 cm in diameters flower head (small tubular shaped flowers densely placed creating one flower) and bloom in a line facing downward. The color is yellow and has disk floret (tubular shaped flowers without petals densely placed in the center) in the center surrounded by female flowers. After flowering, bears about 3.5 mm long seeds and exudes sticky juice and carried with animals or clothes.

●Season  Early September to about Mid October
●Height  50 cm to 1 m
●Place  Trail 3, Trail 6, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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