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 macrocephalum
Carpesium macrocephalum Compositae
Perennial herbs found in wet shady mountain and streamside. Blooms the largest flower in carpesium divaricatum attribute. Flowers are about 2.5 to 3.5 cm in diameter and flower heads with a plenty of small flowers. Involucral segment radiate surrounding flowers and looks like a small sunflowers. Stems have many branches with curly hair. Flower stalks right beneath flower heads are thick. Leaves at the base are about 30 to 40 cm long, oval-shaped with irregularly toothed margins. Have a pointed tip, soft and thin texture. Leaves at the middle are oval-shaped and it becomes smaller as they grow tall. After flowering, bear about 6 mm long cylinder-shaped seeds with pointed tip and have mucilage.

●Season  Mid-August to about Mid-October
●Height  about 60 cm to 1 m
●Place  Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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