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).

Indigofera pseudo-tinctoria
Indigofera pseudo-tinctoria Leguminosae
Deciduous shrubs (less than 1 m tall tree that sheds its leaves once in a year) found on riverbeds and riverbanks in grasslands, and at roadside. Looks like plants but it is hard to pull out from soils even if they are pulled with baby horse, hence the Japanese name Koma-tsunagi literally meaning tied to baby horse. Leaves are 0.8 to 2 cm elongated-shape and nine to eleven leaves are as one set and alternate. Leaves close in late afternoon. The blooming season is from July to August. Grow 7 cm long inflorescent from petioles and bloom light red-purple flowers. Flowers are 5 mm long with flower stalks. After flowering, bear 3 cm long shell-shaped cylindrical fruits. Turn to black as they ripe and split open and pop seeds.

●Height about 50 to 90 cm
●Place Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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