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).

Mimulus nepalensis var.japonica
Mimulus nepalensis var.japonica Scrophulariaceae
Perennial herbs found along forest roads where spring water well. Stems are soft and grow multiple branches. Japanese name Mizo-houzuki literally meaning vallecula ground cherries was named because they grow on wet vallecula and its fruits resemble ground cherries in solanaceae family. Flowers are about 1 to 2 cm in diameter and yellow. Bloom trumpet-shaped tubular flowers from the axils of leaves at tips of stems. Five lobed petals with round edge, red-brownish dotted in the center and two hair-like protrusions. Calyxes are also tubular and lobed in five. Leaves are about 2 to 4 cm long and egg-like oval-shaped with roughly toothed margins. After flowering, bear elongated oval-shaped fruits covered by about 5 protruded calyxes.

●Season  Early June to about Late July
●Height  about 10 to 30 cm
●Place  Trail 3, Trail 6, Jyataki, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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