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 parvifolius
Rubus parvifolius Rosaceae
Deciduous shrubs found in sunny roadside and riverbanks in mountains. Stems grow on the ground like vines and rooting at intervals. The Japanese name Nawashiro-ichigo literally meaning rice sprout strawberry was named because fruits are ripen around June when rice sprout. Three to five leaves are in one set and alternate. Leaflets (leaf-like parts of compound leaves) is 2 to 4 cm in diameter, round-like diamond shaped with round tip and toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Have white hair densely placed on the back. The blooming season is from May to June. Bloom 1 to 2 cm in diameter, red-purple flowers upward in florescence. Have five petals and does not open which covered stamen. Fruits are 1.5 cm in diameter collective fruits and turn red as they ripen. Is edible in raw, fruit liquor or jam.

●Height  about 20 to 30 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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