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 acuta
Quercus acuta Fagaceae
They are an evergreen tree that has green leaves all year round. As for large trees, the trunk grows to be about 2.5 m. They develop wild in the mountain areas as well as are planted in the parks, around human residents, and within Shinto shrine districts. Cortex is tinged with greenish gray-brown and seems a little dirty by bring peeled off scalelike. The characteristic is the tree is hard and tinged with noticing red, and therefore, they have got the name ‘Aka-gashi’. Their wood is utilized for material for building construction, for furniture and appliance material, and for wooden sword. The leaves are long elliptically-shaped about 7 to 15 cm long with the sharp top and a long stalk about 2 to 4 cm long, which are shiny and hard feeling to touch. The blossom seasons are about May to June and hermaphroditism plant (Shiyuudousyu). The spike of yellow male flower dangles from a new branch that extends in the spring, while female flower sprouts beside the leaf at the upper part of the branch. The seeds, ‘acorn’ (Donguri), get matured next autumn to be edible.

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