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).

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (Bracken)
Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (Bracken) Dennstaedtiaceae
Summer green ferns (wilt in winter) found in sunny grasslands and residential area from hills to mountains. Rhizomes grow along the ground. Like osmunda japonica, spiral young leaves are edible but needs to be immersed in water to remove scums because they are toxic. Starch used for Japanese sweets are extracted from the rhizomes. Leaves are about 50 to 70 cm and deeply pinnate and pinna are even more pinnate like feathers. Pinna (small leaves grow in clusters like feathers) are wide open, create triangle or pentagon shape. Texture is hard and not shiny and has hair on the back. Have sorus with spore case (case to store spore) along edges on the back.

●Season April to about September
●Height about 1 to 2 m
●Place Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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