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).

Keiskea japonica
Keiskea japonica Labiatae
They are perennial plant that grows at the shade of trees in the mountain districts. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). In winter, moisture in the withered stalks freeze swollen and breaking out to be bloom ice-flower. This is why they are named ‘Shimobashira’. Spikes (Kasui: small flowers gathering to be like head of plant) about 10 to 20 cm long grow upper side of stalk and bear numerous flowers only on one side. The flower is about 7 to 8 mm long with the upper flower petals split shallow into 2 and the bottom ones into 3. From the inside, a male stamen and a female one sprout out and their pink color pollen are beautiful. The flower petals are rustle and the feeling is a Japanese paper to touch. The leaf is elliptically-shaped about 8 to 20 cm long 3 to 5.5 cm wide with short stalk, and grows opposite each other on the stalk. Their characteristic of a leaf is thin and soft, the surface of the leaf and has small paraphyllium along the veins and sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge.

●Season  Early September to about Mid October
●Height  about 50 to 70 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 5, Mt.Inari, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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