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).

Eupatorium chinense
Eupatorium chinense Compositae
They are perennial plant that grows at such sunny places as in the forests of mountain district and in the pool of forests. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk has scrupulous paraphyllium and rough to touch. The name come from that they blossom about the time when brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) comes down and often sings. The flower is capitulum (Touka: a flower consisting of small dense tubular flowers) that consists of 5 tubular flowers (Toujoka: tubular corolla that gathers dense in the center, also a flower with no flower petals), about 5 mm in diameter, and many grow on the upper part of the branch. The color is white or pale red. Butterflies like Parantica sita gather together much. Though each flower is very small, the top of the flower petal is divided into 5 and 2 separate pistils sprout long from the inside. The leaf is long and thin elliptically-shaped about 10 to 18 cm long and has short stem attaching toward the stalk. Both of the surfaces have short sparse paraphyllium and sawtooth at the edge (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw- serrated edges at the tip of a leaf), and also have Glandular point at the back.

●Season  Mid August to about Mid October
●Height  about 1 to 2 m
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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