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).

Yoania amagiensis
Yoania amagiensis Orchidaceae
Saprophytic plant (grow on leaf soils and grow with fungi to break down its nutrients) found in wet areas including streamside in mountains. Does not have chlorophyll and cannot produce nutrients and grow by fungi around roots. Underground stems are divided into many branches in clumps and thick flower stem grow upright on ground. Bloom ten light yellow-brown fleshy flowers facing upward. Scale leaves (leaves transformed into small scale-like shape) are at the base of peduncles but it is not distinct. Yellow flowers resemble shoki the god of charm against devils in China and also used in boy’s festivals in May in Japan, hence the Japanese name Kibanano-shoki-ran literally meaning yellow flowers shoki orchid. Flowers are 2 cm in diameter with long peduncles but petals does not open widely compare to yoania japonica in same family. Have yellow hair at tips of petals and have purple spots insides.

●Season  Mid June to about Mid July
●Height about 20 to 50 cm
●Place Trail 3
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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