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).

Disporum sessile
Disporum sessile Liliaceae
They are perennial plant that grows in deep pool of forests in the mountain areas (perennial plant takes several years to grow). Growing underground stems to increase results in clumps of Disporum sessile. 2 to 3 of flowers bloom dangling downward at the top of branched stem. Their shapes look like a large decoration wind bells (HOU-CHAKU-SO: Disporum sessile) that hang under the overhang of Japanese roof like temples or five-stories pagoda, which is why they are names after. The flower consists of 6 flower petals like a tubular flower, about 2 to 3 cm long, white color tinged with pale green. The leaf is about 5 to 15 cm long and elliptical shape 1.5 to 4 cm wide with the sharp top, and the surface is slightly shiny. After the flowers wither, the seed about 1 cm in diameter bear rounded substances to grow matured into black. Entire flower is tinged with green with the tip in dark violet is ‘Disporum sessile f. melananthum’ which has been discovered for the first time at Mt. Jinba of Inariyama Trail in 1977.

●Season  Late April to about Late May
●Height  about 30 to 60 cm
●Place  Trail 1 to 6, Mt.Inari, Jyataki,Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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