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 hirsutus(Raspberry)
Rubus hirsutus(Raspberry) Rosaceae
Deciduous shrubs found at roadside and forest edges in mountains. The Japanese name is Kusa-ichigo (kusa means plants, ichigo means strawberry). Have the word plants and the entire plants are not tall but this is in a rubus genes. Have soft hair densely on stems, branches and leaves. Glandular hair (hair-like protrusions to release secretion) and spikes are irregularly placed. Three to five leaves are as one set and alternate. Leaflets (leaf-like parts of compound leaves) are 3 to 7 cm long and oval-shaped with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Leaves turn to red in autumn. The blooming season is from April to May, 4 cm in diameter, one to two white flowers bloom on the tip of short branches. Five petals are facing upwards and have short hair on calyx. Fruits are tiny spherical-shaped and about 1 cm in diameter collective fruits. Turn red from late May to June. Have sweet taste and nice perfume.

●Height  about 20 to 50 cm
●Place  Trail 2, Trail 4, Jyataki, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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