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).

Impatiens noli-tangere
Impatiens noli-tangere Balsaminaceae
Annual herbs found in wet areas near streams and waterside in mountains. Thin inflorescence (flower stems without leaves) are dropping and bloom three to five light yellow flowers like triangular hat-shaped. Flowers are like the yellow version of impatiens textori but the spur of this plant curls down not in spiral shape. Tips of leaves are not pointed and less toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Flowers are 3 to 4 cm long and tubular shaped and tips open like lips. Petals have red-brown spots in the center of flowers. Leaves are 4 to 8 cm long, 2 to 5 cm width elongated oval-shaped with toothed margins and alternate on 2 to 5 cm petioles. After flowering, bear fleshy fruits and pop seeds at a touch when ripen.

●Season  Late July to about Mid September
●Height  about 40 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 3 to 6, Jyataki, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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