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).

Chelonopsis moschata
Chelonopsis moschata Labiatae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in wet area including forest edges in mountains. Have wonderful scent when shaking leaves or stems that is like the scent of musk, hence the Japanese name Jyako-so literally meaning musk plant. Flowers are 3..5 to 4 cm tubular and lip shaped at tips. The upper petal is short and the lower petal lobed in three and the center one is large. One to three flowers grow from petioles and bloom as if it is hiding from leaves. Color is red-purple to light red-purple. Leaves are 10 to 20 cm long, 3 to 10 cm width, elongated oval-shaped with pointed tip with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Petioles are about 1 cm long and grow opposite. After flowering, produce four mericaps (fruits split into some parts).

●Season  Mid August to about Mid September
●Height  about 60 cm to 1 m
●Place  Trail 6, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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