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).

Phacellanthus tubiflorus
Phacellanthus tubiflorus Orobanchaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found around roots of trees. Does not have chlorophyl and leaves because they receive nutrients and grow. Found in wet area including tree shades near some trees in fagaceae family and hydrangea. In Mt. Takao, often found around the root of hydrangea involucrate. It was first found in Mt. Kiyosumi in Chiba prefecture, hence the Japanese name Kiyosumi-utsubo literally meaning plants in orobanchaceae family found in Kiyosumi prefecture. Some stems grow together from the ground and have five to 10 fleshy flowers in clusters. Buds are covered with scale-like leaves, creating spherical shape. Flowers are tubular, 2 to 3 cm, white at first and turns to yellow. Tips are lobed in tow and four stamens are from the center of flowers. After flowering, bear 0..5 to 1..5 cm in diameter white spherical fruits.

●Season  Mid June to about Mid July
●Height  about 5 to 10 cm
●Place  Trail 3, Trail 6
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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