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).

Chrysosplenium japonicum
Chrysosplenium japonicum Saxifragaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at humid forest such as at rocky places along the mountain stream in mountain areas and (perennial plant takes several years to grow) and begin to bloom earlier than Chrysosplenium grayanum. Flowers are about 5 mm in diameter. 4 calyxes in yellow-green resemble actual flower petals. The root of the calyxes yellowish, not flashy but beautiful. When blooming, calyxes are even flat; they stand upstraight after the flowers bloom. Entire atmosphere is very similar with Chrysosplenium grayanum, the difference between the two is that Chrysosplenium grayanum is alternate leaves, which mean the leaves grown alternate on the stalk. The leaf is about 1 to 3 cm long, kidney-shaped (the shaped of kidney), and heart-shaped with not sharp points. After the flowers bloom, propagule (Mukago: stored nourishment becomes spherical sprout) bear at the root with paraphyllium of flower stalk (Kakei: stalk that can have flowers without leaves).

●Season  March to about April
●Height  about 10 to 20 cm
●Place  Trail 3,Trail 6,Jyataki,Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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