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This page includes only photos which we took on March 28th on an outing to the Minami Takao Area. There is no "South Mt. Takao" this is just a high hilly area which is south of Mt. Takao. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin March 28th
  We found Omphalodes japonica here too (remember Page 2) and again we did not get any PERFECT shots of it. This was the first time we had ever seen Omphalodes japonica here. The 3rd shot shows Arisaema sp. - 'Jack-in-the-Pulpit' plants in bloom - a nice shot.
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  We found several plants of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima - beautifully purple violet. The 2nd image includes only the area which is outlined in the first photo. Notice that the flower stem of this "forma" is perfectly smooth - or "glabrous" [f. glaberrima].
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  Here are 2 shots of Viola obtusa and those are followed by a shot of Viola bissetii.
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  In this row are 2 more shots of Viola bissetii and a shot of Cymbidium goeringii. We have already found quite a number of this orchid this season - and we have not even been to our favorite place to find it yet.
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  In this row are 3 shots of Viola phalacrocarpa - note that the flower stem of this one is quite hairy, as opposed to the smooth flower stem of the f. glaberrima we showed you in Row 2.
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  This Cymbidium goeringii had two flowers growing side-by-side just begging to have their picture taken!
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  In this row are 3 images of a strangely pink Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana. We have never found this species to have such pinkish flowers except in this one very small area of Minami Takao. Does it have something to do with some trace element found in the soil in this particular area? We have no idea why. The 2nd image shows the outlined area of the first photo.
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  Here is one more shot of the very pinkish Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana and that is followed by another specimen of the Cymbidium goeringii orchid. The final shot is a Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana. This is the only area where we can seem to find this species every year, although it seems that it is becoming more and more rare even here. In Japanese this is known as the "Higo Sumire".
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  Here is one more shot of the Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana violet and then 2 shots of the Cymbidium goeringii orchid. The center shot also shows a Viola grypoceras kind of growing in the center of the orchid. Can you find the orchid in the 3rd shot? Hint - look closely on the right side of the oak tree.
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  Here is a zoomed-in shot of the Cymbidium goeringii orchid at the base of the oak tree. It's outlined in white, so surely (hopefully) you can find it now. The 2nd shot is the view from the spot where we stopped for lunch. Of course that's Mt. Fuji back there with all of the snow on it. The 3rd shot shows an Erythronium japonicum a Trout Lily.
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  Here are 2 more shots of Erythronium japonicum - the Trout Lily. This was down at the bottom of the mountainous area - actually along the road.
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  In this final row are the two types of Skunk Cabbage found in Japan. The first shot shows the flower of the Symplocarpus foetidus - one type of Skunk Cabbage. This is the species which we showed you on the front page last month. The 2nd shot is a Lysichiton camtschatcense. I had to clean this one up a bit because for some reason I only took one shot of it, and the shot I took was quite rotated, so I had to straighten it up, which then left nothing in the lower left and upper right corners except blank space. So, I vignetted the plant/flower to get rid of those blank areas and then cropped it, changing a landscape mode photo into a portrait mode photo.
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End March 28th, End March 2015 Photos, Begin Miscellaneous Links
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