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 salicina
Quercus salicina Fagaceae
They are an evergreen tree that grows wild in the mountains. As the back of the leaves is white as if it is waxlike, they are named ‘Uraziro-gashi’ (Quercus salicina). Cortex is dark gray color and small bumpy lenticels and hollows are distinctive to show up. The trunk grows to be about 80 cm wide with new branches bearing dense trichome. The wood is utilized for material for building construction, for furniture and appliance material. The leaves are long elliptically-shaped about 7 to 11 cm long, shiny and hard feeling to touch as if it is leather, with the sharp top and with a rather larger sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge. Young leaves bear soft trichome on both surfaces, but the trichome disappears once the leaves grow old. The blossom season is about May and hermaphroditism plant (Shiyuudousyu). The spike about 4 to 6 cm long of male flower dangles from a new branch; while female flowers sprout beside the leaf at the upper part of the branch. The seeds, ‘acorn’ (Donguri), are egged-shaped about 1.5 to 2 cm long, get matured next autumn.

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