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 monosperma
Stellaria monosperma Caryophyllaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in wet forests and at forest edges. Stems grow upright and divided/split into branches at upper part of stem. The Japanese name Ooyama-hakobe literally meaning plants of stellaria family in mountains was named because it s a stellaria family grow in mountains. Flower stems grow from petioles on upper parts of stem and bloom small white flowers. Flowers are 8mm in diameter and have five petals. Petals are lobed deep resembling scissors of crabs. Have five calyx, light green and pointed tip and longer than petals. Bracts and peduncle have tentacles that are hair with nectar-like glue and it is a bit sticky when touched. Leaves are elongated oval shaped, 5 to 10 cm long with pointed tips and wavy edges creating wrinkly looking. After flowering, bear fruits, split and pop seeds when ripen.

●Season  Mid September to about Late October
●Height  about 40 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Trail3 to 4, Trail 6, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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