Treasures of Mt. Takao

Takao 599 museum has all kinds of animals inhabit in Mt. Takao in various ways of exhibitions such as seasonal wild plants preserved in acrylic and all kinds of animals specimens inhibits in Mt. Takao. On the "NATURE WALL," stuffed animals are displayed and shows the movie to introduce the dynamic nature of Mt. Takao.

Cleyera japonica
Cleyera japonica Theaceae
They are an evergreen tree that grows wild in the mountain areas. Cortex is tinged with dark red-brown color and smooth feeling to touch with many small rounded lenticels. Th trunk grows to be about 30 centimeters long. New branches are green and winter buds sprouting from the limb are curved widely like a hook shape. The branches and leaves are utilized to produce a branch of the sacred tree (Tamagushi: one of ritual articles made of branch of a sacred tree (esp. sakaki) with paper or cotton strips attached), and therefore are indispensable trees to shrine rituals, which this is why they are frequently planted at Shinto shrines. The leaves are tall elliptically-shaped about 8 to 10 cm long, about 2 to 4 cm wide, thick and shiny. The blossom seasons are about June to July, when 1 to 3 of the flowers about 1.5 cm in diameter beside the leaf bloom downwards. They bear 5 flower petals, which are white color at first and then later, are tinged with yellow. The seeds are a spherical shape about 7 mm in diameter with male stamen’ styles remaining at the top. The seeds are green color at first and when they get matured in November and December, they are tinged with a black-purple.

●Height about 10 to 12 m
●Place Trail 1 to 3
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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