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).

Trigonotis peduncularis
Trigonotis peduncularis Boraginaceae
They are common biennial plant that grows at rice fields and the roadsides (biennial plant sprouts in autumn, overwinter, and bear flowers in next spring). They enlarge radially the radical leaf (KON-SEI-YO: leaf spring up from the place about stalk root) over the ground to pass the winter, let several stems sprout from the root when the spring comes. When kneaded, the stems and the leaves smell like cucumbers. This is why they are named ‘Trigonotis peduncularis’. The flower is about 2 mm in diameter, pale blue color, but they are so small that they seem to be white when seen from the distance. The stems that the flowers sprout are curled at the top like Osmunda Japonica, the wider they are open, the more the curl is also dissolved. The way the stems are open is like the one tail of scorpion, and this gives them another name called by ‘scorpioid’ (Sasori-Kajo, Kajo: arrangement of flowers on a stalk). The stem grow thin and tall while they let the flowers blossom from the bottom. The leaves at the upper portion are long elliptically-shaped about 1 to 2 cm long, and bear minute trichome growing. The radical leaf is roundish egged-shaped with a long stalk.

●Season April to about May
●Height about 15 to 30 cm
●Place Trail 1, Trail 5, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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