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).

Phryma leptostahya var. asiatica
Phryma leptostahya var. asiatica Phrymaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in forests and shrubs on hills and low elevations. The entire plant is poisonous and paper dipped in water roots are boiled was used to catch flies, hence the Japanese name Haedoku-so. Thin flower stems (stems for flowers without leaves) grow from tips of stem and bloom in flower spikes. Flowers are 5 to 6 mm, light reddish white. Tip of lips are open like lips and lower petals shallowly split in three. Have four stamens and two of them are large. Buds grow upright, flowers bloom facing side and fruits face downward. Leaves are 7 to 10 cm long, 4 to 7 cm width, egg-shaped to oval shaped with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw) and opposite. Seeds are covered by bracts with prickles and carried by sticking itself to animals or cloths.

●Season  Mid July to about Mid August
●Height  about 30 to 70 cm
●Place  Trail 1 to 6, Mt. Inari, Jyataki, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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