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).

Lilium auratum
Lilium auratum Liliaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found at forest edges and grasslands in mountains. Stems grow upright and large ones bloom more than 10 flowers. Flowers are 22 to 24 cm in diameter and recognize its strong scent even from the distance. Six petals are curled outward with yellow line in center with red spots. Red-brown pollens are difficult to come of when touched clothes. It is often found in mountain areas, hence the Japanese name Yamayuri literally meaning lily in mountains. Lily in Japanese is called yuri and was named because it swings by winds. Swing is yureru in Japanese and then started to call the flowers as yuri. Leaves are 10 to 15 m long with short petioles. Bulbs (enlarged leaves with nutrients grow on short stems) are large and edible. After flowering, bear 5 cm long cylindrical fruits facing upward.

●Season  Mid July to about Early August
●Height 1 to 1.5 m
●Place Trail 1, Mt. Inari, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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