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).

Botrychium japonicum
Botrychium japonicum Ophioglossaceae
Winter green ferns (wilt in summer) found in forests or on rich soils from hills to mountains. Trophophyll (leaves for photonic synthesis) and some spore leaves (leaves with spores) grow from one petiole. Trophophyll is about 10 to 20 cm. Pinna (small leaves grow in clusters like feathers) is pointed with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Texture is soft and color is green or brownish green. The lowest pinna is the largest and become smaller as it goes up. Similar plants are botrychium ternatum and botrychium nipponicum but this plant has pointed trophophyll and hair on stems, petioles and leaf axils. Spores are ripe during October to November.

●Season October to about March
●Height about 30 to 50 cm
●Place Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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