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).

Astilbe microphylla
Astilbe microphylla Saxifragaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in wet grasslands in mountains. In Shinshu area, when picking mushroom called lactarius volemus, stick them on this plant’s stem and carried back home, hence the Japanese name Chidake-sasi literally meaning stick for lactarius volemus. Flowers are 4 mm in diameter with five petals. Bloom many light pink small flowers on 10 to 20 cm thin flower stems. Flower spikes are upright and bloom from the bottom ones. Have short hair on flower stem and brown long hair on stems and leaf stems. Leaves are compound leaf in odd numbers as one set, grow like feather of birds and divided into two to four. The shape of leaves is egg-shaped and 1 to 4 cm long with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw) and have hair randomly grow on both sides. Bear fruits with two segment when ripen.

●Season  July to about August
●Height  about 30 to 80 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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