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).

Vicia angustifolia
Vicia angustifolia Leguminosae
They are common biennial plant that grows at such sunny places as at the roadsides, rice fields, and a plain field (biennial plant sprouts in autumn, overwinter, and bear flowers in next spring). They bear Legume (Touka) about 3 to 5 cm long alike peas. The reason for their name is that the peas get matured to turn into black and people compare the black peas as scarecrows. Another name of theirs is ‘Vicia angustifolia var. segetalis’, and the name comes from that the leaves look like a nock (Yahazu: portion receiving a string, behind an arrow). The flower is about 1.5 cm in diameter, tinged with vivid red-purple color. 2 to 3 of the flowers sprout at the root of the leaves, and the flower petals seem to be the wings of butterfly. The leaf is a pinnate compound leaf consisting of 8 to 16 leaves in cluster (pinnate compound leaf: Ujohukuyo is the shape of the leaf that grows several small leaves at the leafstalk). 1 leaf is thin and long egged-shaped abut 2 to 3 cm long with the tip dent like Yahazu. We can enjoy eating this plant almost every portion such young leaves, young stems, flowers, young seeds as Tempura, fried food, and boiled food.

●Season March to about June
●Height about 50cm to 1m
●Place Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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