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Ajuga yesoensis Maxim. ex Franch. et Sav.

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

Ajuga L. (キランソウ)
Nishikigoromo (ニシキゴロモ, 錦衣)
Lifeform: perennial forb < 15 cm high
Distribution: endemic to Japan (mainly in Japan Sea side)
Habitat: grasslands, sunny deciduous forests, and forest edges
var. tsukubana Nakai (ツクバキンモンソウ), Pacific Sea side (endemic to Honshu and Shikoku)
f. albiflora Honda (シロバナニシキゴロモ)

Ajuga yesoensis in Hokkaido

Ajuga1 Ajuga2
[1] a patch. [2] close-up of flowers. On the southern foot of Mount Usu on May 13 2011.