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).

Macleaya cordata (Plume Poppy)
Macleaya cordata (Plume Poppy) Papaveraceae
Perennial large herbs found in sunny waste ground and on riverbank. It grows to about 2 m even with the poor soil in the town and the entire plants looks dusted white. Japanese name Takeni-gusa literally meaning bamboo plants was named because stems are hollow like a bamboo. Stems tip grow branches and bloom many small flowers. No petals but 1 cm long calyx drop after flowering and stamens and pistils remain. Leaves are about 20 to 30 long and wide egg-shaped and lobed like chrysanthemum with curled hair on its back. Bear about 2.5 cm long flattened fruits after flowering. The whole plants are toxic and have yellow milky extracts when cutting leaves or stems. Cause vomiting when eating by mistake.

●Season  July to about August
●Height  about 1 to 2 m
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 5, Mt. Inari, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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