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).

Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa Cornaceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that ordinarily grows wild in the mountain areas. They prefer growing at the very humid places along the mountain streams. The trunk grows to be 40 to 50 cm wide. Their characteristic is that they spread the branches like fan shape and that the layer of braches develops to be piled up several steps, which result in forming of a tree. Cortex is grayish black with vertically shallow stripe shape vallecula. The wood is white and utilized for materials to make folk crafts such as Kokeshi (wooden doll). The name ‘Mizuki’ derives from the facts that they are so sapful that when people break the branches early spring especially, the sap trickles. The leaves are wide elliptically-shaped about 6 to 15 cm long, which come together to grow in cluster at the limb of the branch. The leaves are shiny and the back is white like coating with flour, and bear dense trichome. The blossom seasons are about May to June, Small white flowers about 7 mm in diameter shoot in cluster at inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) sprouting from the limb of the branch. The seeds are a spherical shape about 7 mm in diameter, which get matured to black-purple in June to October.

●Height about 10 to 20 m
●Place Trail 1 and 2,Trail 4, Trail 6, Mt.Inari, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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