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).

Lecanorchis japonica
Lecanorchis japonica Orchidaceae
Saprophytic plant (grow on leaf soils and grow with fungi to break down its nutrients) found under evergreen trees in warm climate areas. Grow with nutrients from fungus. Does not have chlorophyll and the entire plant is yellow-brown and looks like died flowers and are not appealing. In Mt Takao, found in oak tree forests during rainy season. The Japanese name is Mu-you-ran literally meaning no leaf orchid and as the name states, leaves are deteriorated and only have scale leaves (leaves transformed into small scale-shaped). Flowers are 2 to 3 cm in diameter and half-open. The color of flowers is light yellow-white and blooms five to six flowers randomly on flower stems (without leaves). Bracts and petals are almost the same shape and about 1..5 cm long. Have yellow hair protrusions inside of the petal protruded. After flowering, bear thin stick-like black fruits.

●Season  Early June to about Early July
●Height  about30 to 40 cm
●Place Trail 3
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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