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Gentiana yakushimensisFamily: Gentianaceae
English: Yakushima gentian
Japanese: ヤクシマリンドウ (Yakushima Rindou)
To me, this distinctive flower represents Yakushima as well as any. It's natural range is limited to the sides of boulders thrusting up from the highest of Yakushima's inner mountains. The blooms are short-lived and only open when struck by direct sunshine. How can these drops of fallen sky perpetuate? Look for them in early August through early September.
「BG Plants 和名－学名インデックス」（YList） 米倉浩司・梶田忠 (2003-) ，http://bean.bio.chiba-u.jp/bgplants/ylist_main.html（2014年9月30日）.