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).

Spuriopimpinella nikoensis
Spuriopimpinella nikoensis Umbelliferae
They are perennial plant that grows at such gloomy and humid places as in the pool of forests, in the forests in the mountain districts. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). We seldom see them at Mt. Takao. The stalk is pillar-shaped and upright, and is divided at the upper part into. They grow in the shade and the shape of the leaf looks like the one of Cryptotaenia japonica, which is why they are named. The flower is white about 2 mm in diameter, on inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) grown from the top branch, sprout about 10 flowers to be a cluster. There are some such clusters. 5 flower petals face inward, and a male stamen projects long outward from the inside while a female stamen is split into 2 at the top. The leaf is twice ternate compound leaf consisting of 3 leaves as one on the 3-split branched top. The leaf has a long stalk and the leaves grow alternative on the stalk. Lobules are elliptically-shaped about 2 to 10 cm long (Shoyo: each one that is leaf-shaped and leaf like one consisting of more than a few leaves) and has a rough sawtooth at the edge (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw-serrated edges at the tip of a leaf). The characteristic of the leaf is thin and soft to touch.

●Season  Early September to about Early October
●Height  about 30 to 80 cm
●Place  Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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