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).

Trillium smallii
Trillium smallii Liliaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at the pool of humid forests along mountain stream or shades of tree (perennial plant takes several years to grow). What’s impressive is that a large leaf grows from the upright straight stalk as if the leaf is wearing a cloak. From the center comes out to bloom one flower like being pushed out from the center. The flower color varies from green to black tea color, and there are many green color ones at Mt. Takao. They have no flower petals, instead 1.5 to 2 cm long calyxes are open. The leaves are extensive egg-shaped with the tip sharp, about 10 to 15 cm long/wide, and three leaves develop like embracing the stalk. In China, people have utilized the underground stems of this plant after dried as Chinese herbal medicine named ‘Trillium apetalon’ (Enrenkonsou). This is how this plant is named. All parts of this plant, however, contain poisonous substance if taken by mistake the symptoms of acute vomiting. We need to be careful.

●Season  Mid April to about Early May
●Height  about 20 to 40 cm
●Place  Trail 1,Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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