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).

Galeola septentrionalis
Galeola septentrionalis Orchidaceae
Saprophytic plant (grow on leaf soils and grow with fungi to break down its nutrients) found in forests and shrubs. Does not have chlorophyll and intake fungus of honey mushrooms in roots. Leaves are deteriorated and transformed small scale-like shaped ones grow on thick root stems. Stems are thick with brown hair and have many branches at tips and bloom many flowers. Flowers are 3 cm and yellow-brown. Petals and bracts are about the same size and open to sides and have fine hairs at the outer part of bracts. Petals are thick, fleshy and short with yellow hair-like protrusions. After flowering, bear 6 to 10 cm long sausage-like fleshy red fruits. The Japanese name Tsuchi-akebi was named because the fruits resemble chocolate vine and grow from the ground. It has long been used as the medical herbs to cure tireness and fatigue.

●Season  Late June to about Late July
●Height about 50 cm to 1 m
●Place Trail 1
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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