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).

Rubus microphyllus
Rubus microphyllus Rosaceae
Deciduous shrubs found in sunny bare grounds and deforested areas in mountains. Grow many bushes and have many spikes on upper parts of stems. Fruits are sweet and edible but gives bitter taste when smashing seeds, hence the Japanese name Niga-ichigo literally meaning bitter strawberry. Leaves are 2 to 5 cm in diameter, oval-shape and alternate. Shallowly lobed in three with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw) and are powdery white on the back. The blooming season is from April to May. Bloom one to two white flowers facing upward. Five petals are thin and wrinkly with many stamens. Have five calyx and tips curled outward. Fruits are 1 cm collective fruits and turn red as they ripen from June to July.

●Height  about 30 to 90 cm
●Place  Trail 4 and 5, Mt.Inari, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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