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).

Plectranthus inflexus
Plectranthus inflexus Labiatae
They are perennial plant that grows at such sunny places as at the pool of forests in the mountain area. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). From the underground stem which becomes composition, does stand erect the stem with trichome downward. They are named after that they grow in the mountain area the same with Mentha arvensis var.piperascens (Labiatae), but they don’t smell Mentha arvensis var.piperascens. The flower is pale bluish-purple about 1 cm long. Out on a limb,  thin spikes (Kasui: small flowers gathering to be like head of plant) sprout and some of them each are like terraces. The upper flower petal is split into 4 to grow upstraight with patterns of dark purple color. The bottom petal is split into 2 and thrusts its head forward with the edge face inward. According to this structure, when an insect stops to sit there, consequently a male stamen and a female stamen do peep out, so that the insects surely carry stamen. The leaf is wide egged-shaped about 3 to 6 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, with leafstalk bearing fins, and the rough sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge.

●Season  Mid September to about Late October
●Height  about 40 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 3 to 6, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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