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).

Lathraea japonica
Lathraea japonica Scrophulariaceae
Perennial herbs found in swampy areas under broad-leaved trees including beech trees. Often found near the roots of trees and grow with the nutrients from the tree and does not have green leaves. Many branches grow from the underground stem and bloom flowers from thick upright stems resembling the core of corn from the ground. In blooming season, have many tubular shaped flowers about 1..2 cm long. The spikes of flowers resembles utsubo elongated-case that store arrows, hence the Japanese name Yama-utsubo. Flowers are light red-purplish white and thin pistils with filled tips protrude and have hairy calyx around petals.

●Season  Late April to about Mid May
●Height  about 10 to 25 cm
●Place  Trail 4
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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