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).

Clematis stans
Clematis stans Ranunculaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at the pool of mountain district and grasslands. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk at the bottom part becomes composition which remains still there till winter. The leaf looks like the shape of the one of Paeonia suffruticosa. This is why they are named ‘Clematis stans’. Many flowers bloom downward aside of the leaves or at the top of stalk. The flower is bell-shaped about 1 to 2 cm long with no flower petals, and blooms with 4 sepals rolling-back. The flower is pale purplish-tingled color and bears paraphyllium outside of the calyx. They have a stamen a male flower and a female flower, and each of them blossom in separate trees. The longer tube is a male flower and the shorter one is a female flower. The leaf consists three as one named ‘trifoliate compound leaf’, with a long stalk growing alternative to stem. Lobules (Shoyo: each one that is leaf-shaped and leaf like one consisting of more than a few leaves) is egged-shaped about 5 to 10 cm long, has a sharp tip with the edge shallow and divided into 3. After flowers wither, they bear the seeds about 3 to 3.5 cm long at the top which flower style grows long.

●Season  September to about October
●Height  about 50cm to 1 m
●Place  Mt.Inari, Ura-Takao,Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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