by Col Zemek Fraser Coast Regional Council
Mickey Mouse Plant (Ochna serrulata).
A native to Africa.
Description: Shrub to 2m with narrow glossy leaves and finely serrated wavy margins.
Flowers have five yellow petals which drop leaving five red sepals surrounding green to black pea sized seeds that’s spread by birds.
Hand remove when young as has deep taproot or cut and paste.
Invades undisturbed native bushland and can become dense stands even in shady areas.
Alternative to plant:
Lolly bush Clerodedrum floribundum