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).

Dendrobium moniliforme
Dendrobium moniliforme Orchidaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at forests or on the rocks in the humid places along mountain stream (perennial plant takes several years to grow). They grow on old trees in Mt. Takao and bear beautiful blossoms. After leaves are fallen, the stalk develops peduncle from its knots and bear 1 to 2 flowers. The flower is 3 to 4 cm long in diameter, whitish pale pink color. They smell the sweet smell of flowers. The bottommost flower petal has short glandular trichome inside at the root. The leaf is 3 to 5 cm long, thick and slightly shiny, and continues to grow at the stalk for 2 to 3 years. The stalk consists of stalk-fascicle at the root, has vertically striped stem and numerous knots. Japanese name is “sekoku” which in the literature shows they have been renowned for efficacy for stomachic property, anti-inflammatory action, and tonic property, so that they have been utilized as Chinese herbal remedy.

●Season  Mid May to about Late June
●Height  about 10 to 30 cm
●Place  Trail 1 , Trail 6
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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