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).

Lespedeza buergeri
Lespedeza buergeri Leguminosae
Deciduous shrubs found in sunny forest edges from mountains to hills. Barks are gray with vertical splits. Young branches are red-brown with fine hair. Trunk becomes 5 cm width. This is the most wooden plant in a lespedeza genus, hence the Japanese name Kihagi literally meaning tree lespedeza. Three leaflets (leaf-like parts of compound leaves) are as one set and alternate. Leaflets are 3 to 4 cm egg-shaped with pointed or round tips. The blooming season is from July to September. Bloom 1 cm long flower on inflorescence grow from petioles. Color is light yellow with red-purple stripes. After flowering, bear 1 to 1.5 cm flat shell and oval-shaped fruits with some hair. Have one seed inside and turn brown as they ripen.

●Height about 2 to 3 m
●Place Trail 1, Trail 5
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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