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).

Tripterospermum japonicum
Tripterospermum japonicum Gentianaceae
Perennial herbs vines (grow for several years from their same root system) found under trees on hills in mountains. Purplish vines trail on ground and sometime grow twine adjacent plants and become 40 to 80 cm long. Bloom one trumpet-like 2..5 to 3 cm long flower at the base of leaves and normally light purple, but the ones in Mt. Takao are whitish flowers. Tips of petals are lobed in five and give stamens surround a pistil. Leaves are 3 to 5 cm long, elongated egg-shaped and opposite. Have three veins on surface of leaves and purplish on the back. After flowering, bear oval-shaped fruis at the tips of dead flowers. Style of pistil remains and ripen to red-purple.

●Season Early September to about Early October
●Height  Vines
●Place Trail 6, Mt. Inari, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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