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).

Albizia julibrissin(Silk Tree)
Albizia julibrissin(Silk Tree) Leguminosae
Deciduous small trees found in sunny forest edges and rough fields. Barks are grayish brown and lenticels (an opening that allows gases to be exchanged between air and the inner tissues of a plant) is distinct and trunks are about 30 cm wide. Leaves close at night and dropping style looks as if they are sleeping, hence the Japanese name Nemu-noki literally meaning sleeping tree. Have thirty to sixty leaflets (leaf-like parts of compound leaves) as one set and ten to twelve leaflets are alternate. Leaflets are 1 to1.7 cm long and 4 to 6 mm width. The blooming season is from June to July. Ten to twelve flowers are in clusters and bloom as one flower. Flower petals are 8 mm long but they stand out with pink thread-like stamens. After flowering, bear 10 to 15 cm long shell-shaped. Turn brown as they ripen and split open and pop ten to eighteen seeds.

●Height about 5 to 10 m
●Place Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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