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).

Stellaria diversiflora
Stellaria diversiflora Caryophyllaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in wet areas including forest floors near streams. Stems grow along the ground by rooting from nodes and branches grow upward tilted. Peduncles grow from petioles and bloom one 1 to 1..5 cm long white flower. Have five petals with shallow cuts at tips that resemble thread cutting scissors. Other plants in stellaria family have deeper cuts that are easy to distinguish this plant. Leaves are round-shaped with pointed triangular-like tips and 2 to 4 cm long. Two leaves are opposite, facing each other. Have short hair on the back of leaves. Bear spherical fruits after flowering and pop 2 mm oval-shaped seeds when ripen.

●Season  Late May to about Early July
●Height  about 10 to 30 cm
●Place  Trail 6
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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