Category Archives: Man’yō Plants

Shibakusa

Man’yō Name Sibakusa
(しばくさ)
Modern Name Chikarashiba 力芝(チカラシバ)
Ohishiba 雄日芝(オヒシバ)
English Names
  1. Yard grass, Indian goosegrass, wiregrass, crowfootgrass
  2. Chinese pennisetum, Chinese fountaingrass, dwarf fountain grass, foxtail fountain grass, swamp foxtail grass
Scientific Name F. Poaceae; Eleusine indica
F. Poaceae; Pennisetum alopecuroides
Distribution Various parts of Japan
Appearance
Seasonal Association

Poems (2)

MYS VI: 1048 MYS XI: 2777

Sanokata

Man’yō Name Sanokata
( さのかた)
Modern Name Akebi
木通・通草(アケビ)
English Names Akebi; chocolate vine; five-leaved akebia
 
Scientific Name F. Lardizabalaceae
Akebia quinata
Distribution
Appearance
Seasonal Association
 Autumn

Poems (3)

MYS X: 1928 MYS X: 1929 MYS XIII: 3323

Ominaeshi

Man’yō Name Wominapesi
女郎花、乎美奈敝之、美人部師、佳人部為、娘子部四、姫押、娘部思、姫部思( をみなへし)
Modern Name Ominaeshi
女郎花(オミナエシ)
English Names  Golden valerian
Scientific Name F. Valerianaceae
Patrinia scabiosifolia
Distribution Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Appearance
Seasonal Association
 Autumn
Ominaeshi (Valerian)
Ominaeshi (Valerian)

Poems (14)

MYS IV: 675
MYS VII: 1346
MYS VIII: 1530
MYS VIII: 1534
MYS VIII: 1538
MYS X: 1905
MYS X: 2107
MYS X: 2115
MYS X: 2279
MYS XVII: 3943
MYS XVII: 3944
MYS XVII: 3951
MYS XX: 4297
MYS XX: 4316

Ogi

Man’yō Name Wogi
平疑、荻( をぎ)
Modern Name Ogi
荻(オギ)
English Names  Amur silver-grass
Scientific Name F. Poaceae
Miscanthus sacchariflorus
Distribution Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Appearance
Seasonal Association

Poems (3)

MYS IV: 500 MYS X: 2134 MYS XIV: 3446

Egu

Man’yō Name Wegu
恵具、回具( ゑぐ)
Modern Name
  1. Kuroguwai 黒慈姑(クログワイ)
  2. Seri 芹(セリ)
  3. Omodaka 面高・沢瀉(オモダカ)
  4. Rengesō 蓮華草(レンゲソウ)
English Names
  1. Ohwi
  2. Java water dropwort
  3. Threeleaf arrowhead; Chinese arrowhead
  4. Chinese milk vetch
Scientific Name
  1. F. Cyperaceae; Eleocharis kuroguwai
  2. F. Apiaceae; Oenanthe javanica
  3. F. Alismataceae; Sagittaria trifolia
  4. F. Fabaceae; Astragalus sinicus
Distribution Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Appearance
Seasonal Association

Poems (2)

MYS X: 1839 MYS XI: 2760

Warabi

Man’yō Name Warabi
和良妣( わらび)
Modern Name
English Names  Japanese lancea flowering fern
Scientific Name F. Osmundaceae
Osmunda lancea
Distribution Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Appearance
Seasonal Association

Poems (1)

MYS VIII: 1418

Wasuregusa

Man’yō Name Wasuregusa
忘草、萱草( わすれぐさ)
Modern Name
  1. Yabukanzō 藪萱草(ヤブカンゾウ)
  2. Nokanzō 野萱草 (ノカンゾウ)
English Names Orange Day-lily, Tawny Daylily, Tiger Daylily, Fulvous Daylily, Ditch Lily, Railroad Daylily, Roadside Daylily, Outhouse Lily, Tiger Lily, Wash-house Lily
Scientific Name
  1. F. Lilliaceae; Hemerocallis fulva var. kwanso
  2. F. Lilliaceae; Hemerocallis fulva var. disticha
Distribution Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Appearance
Seasonal Association
 Summer

Poems (5)

MYS III: 334
MYS IV: 727
MYS XI: 2475 MYS XII: 3060 MYS XII: 3062

Yomogi

Man’yō Name Yomogi
余母疑( よもぎ)
Modern Name Yomogi
蓬(ヨモギ)
English Names  Yomogi
Scientific Name F. Asteraceae
Artemisia princeps
Distribution Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Appearance
Seasonal Association

Poems (1)

MYS XVIII: 4116

Yuru

Man’yō Name Yuru
( ゆる)
Modern Name Yamayuri
山百合(ヤマユリ)
English Names  Yamayuri, mountain lily
Scientific Name F. Lilliaceae
Lilium auratum
Distribution Hokkaido, Honshu
Appearance
Seasonal Association

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