Wild plants in and around Shimane 島根とその周辺の野生植物
 

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Latest update  2017/10/08
 

Shimane, one of the 47 prefectures in Japan, inclusive of Hokkaido, lies far west of Tokyo, and on the north of Hiroshima Pref., having a long shoreline on the north,  facing the Sea of Japan. A great quantity of moisture over the sea is brought in by the westerlies, which results in ample rainfall throughout the prefecture, and it provides a good natural environment for wildflowers.
 

Shimane borders on Hiroshima Pref. on the south: Chugoku Mountains on which the boundary line
is set runs westward to Yamaguchi and eastward  to Okayama. The area is blessed with many kinds of wildflowers. Here are some albums of plants indigenous mainly to this prefecture and partly to its vicinity, put into four seasonal categories. The four seasons are very distinct in this part of the world. Photos will be added from time to time and/or replaced with better ones when available.

Time flies. It has been around ten years time since I retired and got interested in those wild plants, and ever since taking photos has been my major pastime. wandering about field and mountainside for wildflowers keeping in mind Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's words 'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
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Species endemic to Shimane
Fritillaria ayakoana
Izumokobaimo
Dendranthema okiense
Okinoaburagiku
Cirsium tenuisquamatum
Sanbesawaazami
Cirsium japonicum var. okiense
Okinoazami
Dendranthema indicum var. maruyamanum
Ottachikangiku
Pseudolysimachion ogurare
San'intoranoo
Taraxacum platycarpum  ssp. maruyamanum
Okitanpopo
Sedum rupifragum
Oomenomannengusa
 

 

       
    Dystaenia takesimana / Takeshimashishiudo

 

Asarum maruyamae / Izumosaishin

 

Rhododendron japonoheptamerum var. okiense / Okishakunage

 

Pseudolysimachion ogurare / Akabana-San'intoranoo     


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