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).

Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail)
Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail) Equisetaceae
Fern plants found in sunny riverbanks and grass fields. Often seen them in clusters as they grow with spores as well as underground stems. Fertile shoots and plants are both called as field (common) horsetail. Fertile stems are light brown and appear on the ground around March. Have tiers of spore cases surrounding the tip of plant. When fertile stems wilted, field horsetail starts to grow. Field horsetail is called sterile stem which stem and leaves are united and create nutrient element through photonic synthesis. It is green and reminds us of soft ceder leaves as the Japanese name Sugina literally meaning ceder plant. Fertile shoots before fertile spore open can be eaten deep flied or marinated

●Season March to about September
●Height about10 to 15 cm (fertile stems), about 10 to 40 cm (Field Horsetail)
●Place Trail 1, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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