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.

Calanthe discolor
Calanthe discolor Orchidaceae
They are perennial plant that grows in the cops and bamboo thickets (perennial plant takes several years to grow).10 to 20 flowers bloom a bit among them at the top of straight stalk. The number is decreasing due to illegally digging up plants for gardening. The underground stem has rounded knots extended in a row, which resembles stooping shrimps. This is how they are named ‘Calanthe discolor’ (Ebine). The flower is about 2 to 3 cm in diameter with three flower petals and three sepals. Flower petals on the bottom are divided widely and usually pale red or white. Though flower petals and sepals are olive-brown, there is a large individual variation. Radical leaf (Konseiyou: eaves springing up at the root of the stem) is an elliptical shape about 10 to 30 cm long, 5 to 8 cm wide. 3 to 5 of radical leaf grow from the root and come up like wrapping up the stalk. Leaves remain still there even in winter, but when it is time to bloom and new leaves sprout, the older ones wither.

●Season  Mid April to about Mid May
●Height  about 30 to 40 cm
●Place  Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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