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).

Prunus grayana
Prunus grayana Rosaceae
They are an evergreen tree that grows wild at sunny mountainside along the mountain stream. The trunk grows to be about 60 cm wide. Cortex is tinged with dark purplish bistered with horizontally-long clear lenticels. The branches are black-purple and shiny. The leaves are elliptically-shaped, about 8 to 11 cm long, with the long sharp top as well as a bristle-pointed sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge. The blossom seasons are about April to May. They bear a brush-like spike which sprouts lots of new small white flowers at the top of a new branch. One flower is about 6 mm in diameter with 5 flower petals and male stamens outshoot long. The seeds are egged-shaped about 8 mm in diameter, and are tinged with red and then get matured to black in August to September, also to be edible. People in Niigata Prefecture use the salted buds of the flowers and the salted young seeds as edible food called ‘An-ningo’.

●Height about 10 to 15 m
●Place Mt.Inari, Oku-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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