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).

Cuscuta japonica
Cuscuta japonica Convolvulaceae
They are a climbing, parasitic annual plant that grows by expanding a climbing vein to the grasslands in sunny mountain district and bushy trees to tangle with them so that they absorb nourishment by inserting parasitic root into them. At first they have underground roots, but once they begin to parasite other plants, their underground roots wither. This is why they are named ‘Cuscuta japonica’. They have no chlorophyll and their leaves are only scale-like leaf about 2 mm long. The stalk is about 1.5 mm thick, tinged with yellowish, and has brown patterns.Short spikes (Kasui: small flowers gathering to be like head of plant) sprout from the halfway stalk with many small white flowers bloom upward. The flower is bell contour shape about 4 mm long, the tip of the flower petal split into 5. When the flowers wither, they bear the egged-shaped seeds about 4 mm long. When matured, the seeds are slit laterally and the upper cover is taken off to spread out the black seedling about 3 mm long.

●Season  about September
●Height   Vines
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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