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).

Lindera umbellata
Lindera umbellata Lauraceae
They are a deciduous shrub that grows wild at grove of mixed trees at the mountain areas. Cortex tinged with gray-brown is smooth feeling to touch and round lenticel stands out. The trunk grows to be about 10 cm wide. As young branches are tinged with dark green color with black patterns, they are given a name ‘Black Letter’ (Kuromoji). The branch smells good, so is used as materials to make high grade toothpicks. The leaves are long elliptically-shaped, about 4 to 9 cm long, 1.5 to 3 cm wide with the sharp top, and so thin that it feels like a paper to touch. At first the back of the leaves have white trichome, but later those trichome disappear. They turn into yellow in autumn. The blossom seasons are about March to April and a dioecious plant (Shiyuuisyu). Simultaneously, no sooner the leaves are open than lots of yellowish green flowers about 6 mm in diameter sprout at the root of the leaves. The seeds are a spherical shape about 5 mm in diameters and get matured to black in September to October.

●Height about 2 to 6 m
●Place Trail 1, Trail 3 to 6, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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