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Yurihama Town Flower: Touteiran (Speedwell)・トウテイラン(まちの花)

2013.09.17 (Tue)

Touteiran

 

Starting in August and continuing until October, a single floral ear will sprout from the tail-like appendages at the end of the touteiran  (speedwell) stem. Occasionally, multiple ears will bloom, giving the flower a beautiful purple hue. Due to concerns about the plant’s extinction, its seeds have been preserved. The plants have been seen in the wild in only three places: Oki Islands, Kyotango, and our own Yurihama.

8月から10月、茎の先にいわゆる虎の尾状の花穂を1個、時に数個つけ、ルリ色の小さな花が咲き上がります。絶滅危惧種に指定されており、自生が確認されているのは、隠岐島、京丹後市そして湯梨浜町の3カ所です。

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