Akebono-so Swertia bimaculata

Akebonoso  アケボノソウ 曙草

Doesn’t seem to have a common name in English. (It’s native to Japan and China)

I’ve seen this on the Women’s path and the Choishi Michi this week.

この花は今週、女人道と町石道で見つかりました。

Not many flowers this autumn so really enjoying this little jewel.

Small, delicate and easy to miss!

今年の秋は花はちょっと少なめですが、この花を見ると嬉しくなる!小さい、繊細、でも気をつけないと、見逃してしまう。

One source says it’s named Akebono-so (“plant of dawn”) because the black spots on the flower resemble a starry sky at dawn.

 

Here is the Akebonoso just before the flowers start to bloom.

The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).

Gender nuetral

 

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