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Petasites japonicus (Sieb. et Zucc.) Maxim.

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Petasites Mill. (フキ)
P. japonicus (Sieb. et Zucc.) Maxim.
Fuki (フキ, 蕗)
Lifeform: perennial forb
Distribution: Japan (south to Tohoku), Korea, Russian Far East, China
Habitat: mesic sites

Nordosmia japonica Sieb. et Zucc.

var. giganteus (Fr. Schm.) Hort. ex Nichols
Oobuki (オオブキ, 大蕗), giant sweet coltsfoot
Akitabuki (アキタブキ, 秋田蕗)
Distribution: Japan (north to Tohoku), Sakhalin, southern and central Kurile
Shoot: extremely large, often becoming 2 m tall and 1.5 m wide
Nomen number: 105034. Ill. dict. gard. century suppl. 591. 1900

Petasites amplus Kitam. (Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 1932, p. 115)
Petasites liukiuensis Kitam. (Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 1933, p. 178)

Use: edible (cultivation: vegetative reproduction = division, to keep the genetic characteristics, such as size and taste)

Petasites japonicus in Japan

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[1/2] at Hibiya Park, Tokyo, on December 27 2014. [3] in the Shimizudani Park, close to Sophia University, on October 19 2018.

var. giganteus

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[1-4] Mount Usu. [1/2] in late April 1984 when I was in Master's course. [3/4] this individual attaches deformed vegetative leaves on reproductive stalks on April 29 1988. [5/6] at a boardwalk near Sarobetsu Wetland Center, northern Hokkaoido, on May 21 2014.