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).

Ajuga yezoensis var. tsukubana.
Ajuga yezoensis var. tsukubana. Labiatae
Perennial herbs found in mountain areas from Kanto to Shikoku. In Mt. Takao, found at sunny forest edges. Is a variant plant of ajuga yesoensis xaxim. ex franch. et sav. mainly found in areas on Japan Sea side and they are too similar to distinguish. The Japanese name Tsukuba-kinmonso was named because kinmonso (another name of ajuga yesoensis maxim. ex franch. et sav.) was first found in Mt. Tsukuba. Leaves are elongated oval-shaped with toothed margins and 2 to 6 cm long. The front side is purple along leaf veins and purple on the back. Bloom 1 cm long light purple to white lip-shaped flower from petioles. The upper petals are extremely short and about 1 cm, which is to distinguish this plant from ajuga yesoensis maxim. ex franch. et sav.

●Season  Mid April to about Mid May
●Height  about 5 to 15 cm
●Place  Trail 3 and 4
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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