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 smilacinum
Disporum smilacinum Liliaceae
They are perennial plant that grows under the bright forests in the mountain areas (perennial plant takes several years to grow). They extend underground stems transversely, growing volubile stems to increase. 1 to 2 of white flowers bloom dangling obliquely downward at the top of stem. We can see rarely 3 of white flower at the branched stem. The appearance of small blooming flower is like bowing as if the infants bow people. This is how they are named. The flower is about 2 cm in diameter with 6 flower petals and the tip being sharp. The leaf is elliptical shape about 4 to 7 cm with the tip acuate, thin, glossy and looks like bamboo grass. After the flowers wither, they bear rounded seed about 1 cm in diameter. When the seed gets matured, it turns into black. As ‘Disporum x hishiyamanum’ is a natural hybrid between Disporum sessile and Disporum smilacinum, it is discovered for the first time as intermediate type of the two in 1984 at Mt. Takao.

●Season  Mid April to about Late May
●Height  about 15 to 30 cm
●Place Trail 1 to 6,Mt.Inari,Jyataki,Iroha,Ura-Takao,Oku-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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