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).

Liparis kumokiri
Liparis kumokiri Orchidaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found at forest edges and in forests in mountains. Two leaves are alternate and flower stems (without leaves) grow and bloom five to fifteen flowers. Petals and bracts are skinny tube-like shaped like legs of insects. Flowers are light green or black-brown. Petals are curled downward at tops and gynostemium (the united stamen and pistil) have lumps of yellow pollens. Leaves are 5 to 12 cm oval-shaped with wavy edges and curl stems at the base. The Japanese name Kumo-kiri-so literally meaning spiders fog plants was named but have no definite theory but one of them is because flowers resembles baby spiders and grow on foggy areas.

●Season Early June to about Mid July
●Height about 10 to 20 cm
●Place Trail 5, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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