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 divaricatum
Carpesium divaricatum Compositae
Perennial herbs found in forest edge or on roadside. Bloom single yellow flower facing sideways on tips of branched stems. Japanese name Gankubi-so literally meaning bowls of tabacco pipe plant was named because its appearance resembles the bowl of tabacco pipes. Flowers are flower heads and about 6 to 8 cm in diameter. Bloom cylindrical flowers without ray flowers so they do not look appealing. Two to four bracts below flowers surround stems. Leaves are about 7 to 20 cm long, oval-shaped with toothed margins, alternate and hairy on both sides. Radical leaves die during blooming seasons. After flowering, bear a plenty of about 3.5 mm long seeds.

●Season  Mid-August to about Mid-October
●Height  about 25 cm to 1 m
●Place  Trail 1 to 6, Mt. Inari, Jyataki, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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