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 scaber
Aster scaber Compositae
They are common perennial plant that grows at sunny arid places (perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk and the leaf have short paraphyllium and rough to touch. Long and thin stalk is often divided at the top into lots of capitulum (Touka: a flower consisting of small dense tubular flowers) bloom. The flower is about 2 cm in diameter. In its center gathers a yellow tubular flower (Toujoka: tubular corolla that gathers dense in the center, also a flower with no flower petals) gather and white ligulate flower (Zetsujoka: porions around a tubular flower, ordinarily named a flower peal) grow sparsely around it. Leaves at lower part are about 9 to 24 cm long, about 6 to 18 cm wide, thin heat-shaped, long-shanked with narrow fins, and have coarse sawtooth at the edge (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf). The upper the leaf grows, the shorter the stalk becomes. Occasionally, gall (gall growth formed by insects’ parasite) is developed on the leaf like a small sprout. While Kalimeris pseudoyomena in the same group is ‘Yomena’, they are called ‘Mukona’ and their green shoot are good for edible wild plants in spring.

●Season  August to about October
●Height  about 1 to 1.5 m
●Place  Trail 1 , Trail 5, Mt.Inari , Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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