March 10, 2007

Takao Area (March 10th)

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(Today's course) JR Takao Sta. - Keio Takaosan-guchi Sta. - No. 6 trail - The top of Mt. Takao - No. 4 trail - No.1 trail -Keio Takaosan-guchi Sta.

On No. 6 trail Chrysosplenium album var. stamineum (Hana Nekonome) already had flowers blossoming. They are really tiny flowers, so it was hard to focus on. On the ridge near the top of Mt. Takao, we found Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana (Hina Sumire) and Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire) here and there. In the bush above the No. 4 trail we found quite a few Asarum kooyanum var. nipponicum (Kan Aoi) blooming their flowers hiding practically underneath the earth. When we came back down to the station, we had early supper at Oonoya Soba restaurant because it is now Soba Festival held around the Mt. Takao area.

The flower found at...
No. 6 trail:

Chrysosplenium album var. stamineum (Hana Nekonome, photo 1).

Near the top of Mt. Takao:
Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana (Hina Sumire),
Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana f. variegata (Fuiri Hina Sumire, photo 2),
Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire).

No. 4 trail:
Asarum kooyanum var. nipponicum (Kan Aoi, photo 3 & 4).

No. 1 trail:
Chrysosplenium macrostemon var. atrandrum (Yogore Nekonome).

今 年もハナネコノメの花が見られる季節になりました。6号路から稲荷山コースに出る辺りで、大胆な伐採の後が生々しく見られました。稜線上の日当たりが良 くなったようで、ヒナスミレがよく目に付きました。かわりにカンアオイの類はだいぶ少なくなってしまったのではないでしょうか。一方、4号路の上のやぶの 中では相変わらずカンアオイが良く育っているようでした。

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