Mickey Mouse Plant

Family:
Ochnaceae
Origin:
South Africa

General description

Shrub < 3 m tall. Leaves are oval, < 5 cm long and finely toothed. Flowers are yellow, < 2 cm in diameter and borne in September – March. Fruit is black, attached to red sepals, resembles the face of Mickey Mouse and is borne in autumn.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell Mickey Mouse plant. As Mickey Mouse plant is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant Mickey Mouse plant within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any Mickey Mouse plant on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.
If you see Mickey Mouse plant anywhere on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group, please report it to Auckland Council at pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Forest, forest margins, riparian areas, roadsides, disturbed sites, wasteland, grassland, rock walls.

Seeds dispersed by birds, water and gravity. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.

Potential to invade intact forest ecosystems. Likely to dominate scrub layers and suppress native recruitment.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group. Please report to Auckland Council if seen on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group.

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Search tags

RPMP status


Aotea (Exclusion)
National Pest Plant Accord Species
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Mickey Mouse plant - Main species image