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).

Cimicifuga japonica(Japanese Bugbane)
Cimicifuga japonica(Japanese Bugbane) Ranunculaceae
Perennial herbs found in mountainous forests. Grow long flower stalks and bloom with trusses of small white flowers. Petal-like calyx drops after blooming and a stamen and pistils remain. Resemble cimicifuga simplex in the same attribute, but cimicifuga japonica trusses are thinner and have differently shaped leaves. Japanese name Inushouma literally meaning dog shouma plants was named to differentiate itself from similar edible plants cimicifuga simplex (Sarashina-shoma). Cimicifuga japonica is not edible so Inu (dog) was added to its name. Leaves are set of three radical leaves and no leaves grow from stems. Leaves are about 6 to 10 cm long, egg-shaped, three to five lobed like the palm with irregularly toothed margins. Leathery and have hairs along leave veins on both sides. After flowering, bear fruits when ripe.

●Season  July to about September
●Height  about 60 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 1 to 6, Mt. Inari, Jyataki, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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