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).

Duchesnea chrysantha(False Strawberry)
Duchesnea chrysantha(False Strawberry) Rosaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at a ridge between rice fields or humid meadow (perennial plant takes several years to grow). Stolon (Hohukukei: creeping stem on the ground) is the shooting stem on the ground, and each one expands roots from the knots to spread. Leaves are sent out successively even after withered so that they are evergreen plants all year round. Their name ‘Duchesnea chrysantha’ (Hebi-Ichigo) comes from the stories that snakes eat them, or they are strawberries that grow at where snakes gather. At times people call them Duchesnea chrysantha, but in fact they don’t bear any poisonous substances, have less sweet or moisture, what’ worse they don’t taste delicious to eat. Leaves are yellow-green with one set of 3 lobules (Shoyo: each one that is leaf-shaped and leaf like one consisting of more than a few leaves) on it. Lobules are elliptical shape some 2 to 3.5 cm long, and have thin sawtooth at the edge. Flower stalk (Kakei: stem of flower bearing only flowers without leaves) expands from the side of a leaf to have one yellow flower at its top. The flower is about 1.2 to 1.5 cm in diameter with five flower petals.

●Season  March to about May
●Height  about 5 cm
●Place  Trail 1 to 3, Trail 5, Mt.Inari,Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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