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).

Phtheirospermum japonicum
Phtheirospermum japonicum Scrophulariaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at the sunny roadsides and grasslands in the mountain district. (Hemiparasite perennial plant takes several years to grow). They themselves produce nourishment by photosynthesis as well as expand the roots to the ones of the other plants to take nourishment at the same time. They have soft thick glandular trichome entirely. This glandular trichome produces mucilage that is sticky to touch. The flower is pale red-purple about 1.5 to 2 cm long, like the shape of one's lip, with one flower at the side of the leaf of upper part of the branch. The petal at the upper part has the tip split up a bit as well as rolling back. The petal at the bottom part spreads widely dividing into 3. The leaf is a triangle shape, about 3 to 5 cm long an 2 to 3.5 cm wide, pinnately-branched, and have a sharp sawtooth at the edge (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf). After flowers wither, they bear about 1 cm long egg-shaped seeds with the sharp tip. 3 to 5 seeds.

●Season  September to about October
●Height  about 30 to 60 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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