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).

Angelica decursiva
Angelica decursiva Umbelliferae
They are perennial plant that grows in the pool of forests, in the forests, and at grasslands in the mountain districts. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The upright-growing stalk is divided at the upper part into a few portions and is tinged with dark purplish. Though there are many white plants in the group of Umbelliferae, this plant is rarely tinged with dark purplish. More rarely, there are green ones or white ones. The flower is about 2 mm in diameter, on inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) grown from the top branch, sprout lots of flowers to be a cluster. As 5 flower petals face inward, they are seen as a flower bud even when they are blooming, and a male stamen projects outward from the inside. The leaf is compound leaf consisting of 3 leaves as one. Lobules are elliptically-shaped about 3 to 6 cm long (Shoyo: each one that is leaf-shaped and leaf like one consisting of more than a few leaves) is split deeply and has a rough sawtooth at the edge (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw-serrated edges at the tip of a leaf) with the back in whitish color. The characteristic is the portion at the leafstalk gets swollen to be saclike as a hull that holds the stalk. The seed is a cracked elliptically-shaped about 6 cm long and smells like curry.

●Season  Late August to about Early October
●Height  about 80 cm to 1.5 m
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 5, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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