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Japanese Silverleaf (Tsuwabuki) つわぶき

2013.11.11 (Mon)

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湯梨浜町泊地域

Japanese silverleaf plant at Tomari in Yurihama

This is the flower of the old town of Tomari, which is now part of Yurihama. The flower grows wild and abundant around the town, and from October to December blooms with small yellow flowers. Because the leaves look like a glossy version of a butterbur leaf, the plant was called “shiny butterbur” or tsuya-buki, which evolved into tsuwabuki. The leaves are edible, and both roots and leaves are also used as a folk medicine.

旧泊村の村花。町内に多く自生し、10月から12月に黄色い花を咲かせます。葉がフキに似て光沢があることから、「ツヤブキ(艶蕗)」が転じて「つわぶき(石蕗)」になったといわれています。茎は食用に、また葉や根茎は民間薬として利用されます。

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