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).

Adenocaulon himalaicum
Adenocaulon himalaicum Compositae
Perennial herbs found on wet streamside, roadside and in forest edge. Japanese name Nobuki literally meaning wild Japanese butterbur was named because leaves resemble Japanese butterbur. Leaves tip are more pointed than Japanese butterbur with shallow wings on its leave stalks. Leaves are about 10 to 20 cm triangular kidney-shaped have white hairs on reverse side. Upright stems branches out at tips and bloom many flowers. Flowers are white, about about 7 to 11 male flowers surrounding female flowers in the center. Fruits after flowering are green bar-shaped and about about 6 to 7 mm long. Seeds have dark purplish hair with mucilage and are carried by sticking themselves to animals or clothes of human being. Sprouts are edible.

●Season  Late August to about Late October
●Height  about 50 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 4, Trail 6, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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