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 phalacrocarpa
Viola phalacrocarpa Violaceae
Perennial herbs found in mountain ridges of low elevations and grasslands in mountains, normally found in sunny environment. The entire body creates spherical shape that looks very cute. The Japanese name Akane-sumire literally meaning red-purple viola come from the bright red-purple flowers. Flower is 1..5 cm in diameter with purple lines. Have a short hair even at spurs on the back of petals that are quite unique in violaceae family. Hair densely grow on lateral sepals are also distinct. Leaves are oval-shaped with triangular tips and appear to rise directly out of the ground. Leaves during blooming season are small and about 2 cm, but become 5 to 8 cm after flowering. Violas without hairy lateral sepals called viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima may grow in the same areas with this plant.

●Season  Early April to about Mid May
●Height  about 5 to 10 cm
●Place  Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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