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 apiifolia
Clematis apiifolia Ranunculaceae
Perennial vines in sunny forest edge and grassland. Stems grow about 2 to 4 m and irregularly grow branches. Japanese name Botan-zuru literally meaning Japanese tree peony vine was named because leaves resemble Japanese tree peonies. Leaves are thin with toothed margins that are different from similar plant clematis terniflora. White flowers are about 1.5 to 2 cm in diameter and bloom many at the tip and from axils of leaves. Cross-shaped petals, and stamens and pistils in fascicles protrude. Three leaves are alternate around stems. Leaves are about 3 to 6 cm long, egg-shaped with pointed tip. Fruits are about 4 mm long, thin egg-shaped with about 1.2 cm long feathery styles remain.

●Season  Early August to about Early September
●Height  Vine
●Place  Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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