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).

Mitella pauciflora
Mitella pauciflora Saxifragaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at humid places such as in the waterfront and rocky areas of mountain streams, in the depth of or within forest of mountain district, (perennial plant takes several years to grow). Mostly they grow in clusters in a location with stolon (runner: branch growing on the ground). As being most widespread Mitella furusei var. subramosa, the name comes from the episode that the shape of matured seed resembles Shawm-like instrument, a kind of horn. The flowers are about 1 cm in diameter, pale yellow-green or pale purplish crimson color, and some 10 of them bloom on the stalk here and there. One of their characteristics includes curious-shaped petals, which look like fish bone; stands out from pentagon shaped calyx. Another characteristic is radical leaf (KON-SEI-YO: leaf spring up from the place about stalk root), has a long stalk, is about 2 to 5 cm long, which is split shallow into 5 and the basic pat is heart-shaped, both of the surfaces have white long paraphyllium and spiny sawtooth at the edge. When matured, the seed bears tiny small seed.

●Season  Late March to about Early May
●Height  about 10 to 20 cm
●Place  Trail 1,Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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