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 polymorpha
Angelica polymorpha Umbelliferae
They are perennial plant that grows at such humid places as at the shade of the trees in the mountain districts. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk is straight-grown and hollow with the upper part sparsely branched. They are discovered for the first time at Mt. Nikko-Shirane and their appearance looks like the one of Cnidium officinale Makino (Umbelliferae) which is medical plants native to China. This is why they are named. On inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) grown from the top branch, sprout lots of small white flowers to be a cluster about 5 to 9 cm in diameter. The flower is about 5 mm in diameter with 5 curved flower petals inside of it as well as long male stamen growing in a radial fashion. The leaves triply or quadruply consist of pinnately compound leaf (Ujohukuyou: the leaf growing shape and style that bear some smaller leaves at the leafstalk), and are split into lots of lobules (Shoyo: each one that is leaf-shaped and leaf like one consisting of more than a few leaves) to blossom widely. Lobules are elliptically-shaped about 3 to 6 cm long, have a sharp tip and have sawtooth at the edge (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw- serrated edges at the tip of a leaf). Their characteristic of a leaf is thin and not shiny with the back in white like being flour-coated.

●Season  Late September to about Late October
●Height  about 80 cm to 1.5 m
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 4, Trail 6, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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