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