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).

Stephanandra incisa
Stephanandra incisa Rosaceae
They are a deciduous shrub that grows wild in the pool in the forests and on the roadside around the hilly areas to the mountain district. They are frequently branched out and young branch is tinged with red-brown and bears trichome. Their appearance of small white flower alike Deutzia crenata (Saxifragaceae) is compared as fractured rice, Kogome, which is why they are named. The leaves are egged-shaped about 2 to 6 cm long, about 1.5 to 3.5 cm wide, have short leafstalks, and grow alternative on the branches. The leaves have a sharp thin top, bear soft trichome, and are roughly split at the edge. The blossom season is about May, when short inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) sprouts from the limb of the branch or beside the leaf that extended that year to bear many flowers about 4 mm in diameter. The flower consists of 5 s patulate-shaped flower petals; below here 5 of white egged-shaped sepals are open to look like a small flower petal with inside in yellow. When the flowers wither, they bear a spherical shape covered with calyx about 2 to 3 mm in diameter.

●Height about1 to 2 m
●Place Trail 5, Mt.Inari, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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