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 terniflora(Sweet Autumn Clematis)
Clematis terniflora(Sweet Autumn Clematis) Ranunculaceae
Perennial vine found in sunny forest edge, grassland or on roadside. Stems grow long with multiple branches and twine around adjacent plants. Three to Seven leaves are pinnately compound leaves. Leaves are about 3 to 7 cm long, egg-shaped with two to three margins. Flowers are about 2 to 3 cm in diameter, bloom several upward facing flowers from the axils of leaves and cross-shaped petals. After flowering, about 3 cm long, white feather-like styles of pistils grow from the tip of fruits. This was like the beards of hermits and is said to be the origin of the Japanese name Sennin-So literally meaning hermit’s plants. Leaves and stems are toxic and may cause skin irritation at a touch.

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