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).

Quercus sessilifolia
Quercus sessilifolia Fagaceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that grows wild in the mountain areas. Cortex is blackish brown color and is vertically split shallow. The trunk grows to be about 60 cm wide. The leaves grow gathering at the limb of the branch, of which appearance is compared as a shuttlecock of battledore (Hanetsuki). This is why they are named ‘Quercus sessilifolia’ (Tsukubane-gashi). The leaves are wide egged-shaped about 5 to 10 cm long with the sharp top and hard feeling to touch. The surfaces of the leaves are shiny, while the back is pale green color. Young leaves bear short trichome with the edge rolled inward and also sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) .The blossom season is about April to May and hermaphroditism plant (Shiyuudousyu). The spike of yellowish green male flowers, about 5 to 7 cm long, dangles from a new branch, while 3 to 4 of female flowers sprout beside the upper leaf of the branch. The seeds, ‘Don-guri’, (acorn) are egged-shaped about 1.5 cm long.

●Height about 15 to 20 m
●Place Trail 1 to 3
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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