Common name: Mickey Mouse Plant
Ochna serrulata (Hochst.) Walp. APNI*
Synonyms: Diporidium serrulatum Hochst. APNI*
Description: Shrub 2–3 m high, branches with numerous lenticels.
Leaves oblong to narrow-elliptic, 2–6 cm long, 7–15 mm wide, margins toothed, often undulate; petiole short.
Flowers on short axillary spurs. Sepals c. 8 mm long, green, persistent, reflexed, becoming red in fruit. Petals c. 10 mm long, free, yellow. Carpels 3–15, ± free except for gynobasic style.
Drupes ovoid, 5–8 mm long, black, embedded on the swollen red receptacle.
Distribution and occurrence: Often cultivated, sometimes naturalized. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *LHI
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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