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).

Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana
Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana Violaceae
They are a perennial plant that grows at sunny places such as in the pool of the forests or in the forest in the mountain district. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). We often see them blossom here and there along the routes of the climb. They are popular Viola mandshurica because their flowers are pale pink, small, and adorable. They are named Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana (Hinasumire) because of their appearance. The flower is about 1.5 cm in diameter, the tip of the flower petals tinged with dark showy pink a little and striped in purple in the center. Trichomes grow a little at the root of the flower which blossom sideways. Their characteristic is leaves are thin heat-shaped nearly triangular shape, and the root portion of the leaf connecting with the stalk has dent. They have coarse sawtooth at the edge (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) and the back is tinged with purple. Also, the leaves with white patterns along the leaf veins are called Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana f. variegate.

●Season Late March to about Mid April
●Height about 5 to 8 cm
●Place Trail 2 to 5, Jyataki, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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