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).

Gentiana scabra var. buergeri(Gentian)
Gentiana scabra var. buergeri(Gentian) Gentianaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at such sunny places as in the grasslands in the forests in the mountain area. (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). The stalk rises to its full height and the leaf is not split. In Kanji (Chinese characters), ‘Gentianae Scabrae Radix’ (Ryutan) derives its name from the sound. They bear flowers in bell contour shape about 4 to 5 cm long, and the tip is split into 5 with trigonous accessory flocculuses between each of 5. The inside of the flower has dark brown patterns. The leaf is thin egged-shaped about 3 to 8 cm long and grows alternative like holding the stalk. 3 leaf veins show up so well and the edge of the leaf has thin tip, which results in rough feeling to touch. They bear the seeds surrounded with the withered flowers, and then when the seeds get matured, they split off to let the small seedlings with wings out. Dried rhizome are utilized as stomachic.

●Season  Mid October to about Mid November
●Height  about 20 to 80 cm
●Place  Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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