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 rosulatum
Carpesium rosulatum Compositae
They are perennial plant that grows in the somewhat arid forests of mountain district and in the pool of forests. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). Radical leaf (Konseiyou: leaves growing near the root of stalk) spreads on the ground radially. From its center does grow a thin stalk with soft, dense paraphyllium and they bear 1 flower downward at the top, which looks like a bowl of tobbaco pipe on the top of a pipe. The flower is a yellow capitulum (Touka: a flower consisting of small dense tubular flowers) about 5 mm in diameter and the smallest among Japanese Carpesium divaricatum group. The involucre (Soho: transformed leaves to wrap the flower base) at the root of flowers is bell contour shape about 6.5 mm long. A radical leaf is paddle shaped about 6 to 15 cm long with spiny sawtooth at the edge (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf). The leaves grow effuse and alternate on the stalk. A radical leaf remains, even when the time of bloom is come. When flowers wither, they bear the seed about 3.5 mm long. The seed produces mucilage from the top so that the seed will be attached and carried.

●Season  Late August to about Early October
●Height  about 15 to 45 cm
●Place   Trail 1 to 6, Mt.Inari, Jyataki, Iroha, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao,Minami- Takao,Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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