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).

Rhododendron kaempferi
Rhododendron kaempferi Ericaceae
They are a semi-evergreen Japanese shrub that grows wild in the pool in the forests around hilly district and low mountain areas. The leaves grown in spring fall in autumn, the leaves grown in summer pass the winter. Cortex is tinged with grayish black and smooth feeling to touch, but as for adult trees cortex is minutely peeled off on the surface. The leaves are elliptically-shaped about 3 to 5 cm long and about 1 to 3 cm wide. The characteristic is thin and bear rough blistered trichome. Summer leaves are smaller than spring leaves, about 1 to 2 cm long. The blossom seasons are about April to June with 1 to 3 of vermilion or red flowers on the climbs. The flowers are about 4 to 5 cm in diameter and the flower petals are split into 5 to be open with patterns of dark colors inside. The flowers that bear white ones are called ‘Rhododendron kaempferi var. kaempferi f. album’. The seeds are elliptically-shaped about 8 to 13 mm long with brown trichome. They get matured in August to October to be split out.

●Height about 1 to 4 m
●Place Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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