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).

Chelidonium majus
Chelidonium majus Papaveraceae
Biennial herbs (Sprout in autumn and spent winter and bloom on the following season) found in sunny roadside and grasslands in mountains. Have deep yellow juice when bending stems, hence the Japanese name Kurano-ou literally meaning grass yellow. However, there is another theory that this plant is used to cure skin disease literally translated as the king of blotches. Leaves and stems have curly white hair and look white when looking at this plant in a distance. Flowers are 2 to 3 cm in diameter and bloom several yellow flowers at the tips of long stems. Radical leaves (leaves grow from roots) are like rootstock and texture is soft. Leaves on stems are like feathery shaped. Most plants in papaveraceae family are poisonous including alkaroid. This plant is also poisonous and cause vomiting or stomach pain when eaten by mistake.

●Season May to July
●Height about 30 to 80 cm
●Place Trail 1, Trail 4 to 6, Mt. Inari, Ura-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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