Mickey Mouse Plant

South Africa

General description

Small shrub to1-2 m tall. Elliptic leaves, 13-50 mm long, toothed leaf margins. Leaves alternate. Young spring foliage starts as pinkish-bronze, matures to glossy green. Fragrant yellow blossoms 20 mm diameter. Spherical black berry-like fruits attached to red sepals, which resemble the face of Mickey Mouse.

Terrestrial- gardens, waste ground, forest edge and understorey (semi shade).

Seeds spread by birds, water, gravity.

Easily dispersed, and could spread and naturalise in the wild. It has recently naturalised in New Zealand and is regarded as a weed in Australia. It can form a dense monoculture that prevents regeneration of native species.

Site management

Seed viability is relatively short (up to 1 year).

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull seedlings.
2. Cut & stump paint (33ml/L triclopyr or Vigilant gel)
3. Foliar spray (330ml triclopyr + 10ml penetrant/10L)

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Mickey Mouse plant - Main species image