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).

Aster ageratoides ssp. leiophyllus
Aster ageratoides ssp. leiophyllus Compositae
They are common perennial plant that grows at roadsides under the trees in mountain areas. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk has white paraphyllium here and there. The tip of the stalk is divided at the top into lots of capitulum (Touka: a flower consisting of small dense tubular flowers) bloom 1.5 to 2 cm in diameter and with top branches short stalk where several flowers bloom in group. Around a yellow tubular flower (Toujoka: tubular corolla that gathers dense in the center, also a flower with no flower petals), 8 to 13 of white ligulate flowers (Zetsujoka: porions around a tubular flower, ordinarily named a flower peal) grow. At the root of the flowers lies about 4 mm long involucre (Soho: transformed leaves to wrap the flower base). They bear white blossoms like Kalimeris pseudoyomena in the same group. That’s the reason they are named. The leaf is elliptically-shaped about 10 to 15 cm wide and has a stalk, where leaves grow alternate on the stalk. The surface is rough, the tip is sharp, and it has a large sawtooth at the edge (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf). When flowers wither, they bear the seed about 3 to 5 mm long with paraphyllium. In winter moisture in the withered stalks freeze to be ice-flower like ‘Shimobashira’.

●Season  August to about November
●Height  about 30cm to 1m
●Place  Trail 1,Trail 3 to 6, Mt.Inari , Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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