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).

Meehania urticifolia
Meehania urticifolia Labiatae
Perennial herbs found on bright forest trails along streams and on roadside. Bloom many flowers that are unique to this plant and rare in lamiaceae family. Often see them in clusters that are appealing in forests. The Japanese name Rashomon-kazura literally meaning rashomon-gate kudzu vines comes from the story of Rashomon of noh, a classical Japanese drama. This is because the shape of flower resembles an arm of female ogre cut by a samurai named Watanabeno-tsuna. Flowers are purple and 4 to 5 cm long. Lip shaped flowers grow from petioles of leaves on upper parts of stem and one-sided truss. The lower petal has purple spots with white hair. Leaves are 2 to 5 cm, opposite and heart-shaped with toothed margins. After flowering, grow by extending thin stems called runners.

●Season  Mid April to about Late May
●Height  about 20 to 30 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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