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).

Ainsliaea acerifolia var. subapoda
Ainsliaea acerifolia var. subapoda Compositae
They are a perennial plant that grows at the shady places in the forests at the mountain area (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The name comes from the facts that they grow at the mountain areas and the shape of the leaf looks like the one of autumn leaves. A part of their name ‘Haguma’ is the pelage (hair) of yak (animal), the appearance of the flower is compared as one of the Buddhist altar articles made of this yak’s hair. The leaf is about 6 to 12 cm long, have a long leafstalk, and 4 to 7 of them whorl at a part around the middle of the stalk (whorl: Rinsei is leaves growing as if they are surrounding the stalk). The leaves are thin feeling to touch and have a palmate leaf (Shoujou) split shallow the same way as autumn leaves. They have a sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge, and has pubescence (Nann-mo: soft hair) on both surfaces. From the center among the leaves grown in cluster, does a flower stalk (Kakei: stem of flower bearing only flowers without leaves) sprout with some of the flowers bloom sideways. The flower consists of apitulum (Touka: a flower consisting of small dense tubular flowers) of 3 small flowers, about 1.5 to 1.8 cm. The flower petal is split into 5 with the tip curled, which seems to be a ribbon spread open. When the flowers wither, they bear the seeds with a feathery trichome around them.

●Season Mid September to about Mid October
●Height about 40 to 70 cm
●Place Trail 1,Trail 4 and 5, Mt.Inari, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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