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).

Scopolia japonica
Scopolia japonica Solanaceae
They are a perennial plant that grows at humid places such sunny as in the pool of the forests and along the mountain streams (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). They are very notorious as a poisonous weed. Nevertheless, their young leaves and the sprouts are so juicy that many accidents happen that people eat by mistake. When people eat by mistake, people are tormented by a hallucinogenic symptom so bad as to run around. Furthermore, the appearance of dried root stalk resembles Dioscorea tokoro (Araceae) and these are the derivation of their name. On the contrary, the dried root is utilized for analgesic. The flower is bell contour shape about 2 cm long, dark red-purple flowers grow at the root of the leaves and dangle downward. The inside of the flowers is pale green and a yellow male stamen stands out. The edge of the flower is split into 5 shallowly. The leaf is an egged-shaped elliptically-shaped about 6 to 18 cm long with the surface ragged along the leaf veins. The seed is a spherical shape about 1 cm in diameter.

●Season Early April to about Late May
●Height about 30 to 60 cm
●Place Trail 3 , Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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