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).

Potentilla fragarioides var. major
Potentilla fragarioides var. major Rosaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at sunny, bright forests or plain meadows (perennial plant takes several years to grow), and have coarse glandular trichome wholly. Their name comes from an episode that the stump of a tree spreading round on the ground looks like a woven mat (Mushiro: mat made of straw). They bear yellow flowers on the top of long, straight stalk. The flower is about 1.5 to 2 cm in diameter and its 5 flower petals open upward. The flower develops lateral shoot from the root, where several flowers bloom one after another. Radical leaf (KON-SEI-YOU: leaf sprouting around the root base) extending from the root consists of 5 to 9 lobules to become one leaf.
Among the leaves, three ones on the top are largest and about 3 cm long. Lobules (Shoyo: each one that is leaf-shaped and leaf like one consisting of more than a few leaves) is elliptical shape and has coarse sawtooth at the edge. After flowers wither, they grow to be about 50 cm high and bear the fruit with numerous small seeds on it.

●Season  Mid April to about Mid May
●Height  about 5 to 20 cm
●Place  Mt.Inari, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao 
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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