Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ochna serrulata


Ochna serrulata is a shrub plant that is commonly called  Bird's Eye Bush or Mickey Mouse bush. It is classified under the Order Malpighiales  and Family Ochnaceae.  The plant is said to have originated from Africa.

The leaves are thin and medium sized with  serrated margins (perimeter notched like a saw).

The flowers appear in two phases, the first having green sepals and receptacle, the second having red sepals and receptacles.  The green sepals open up to reveal the yellow petals. After fertilization the petals fall and the sepals close. The sepals and receptacles turn reddish and later on open up to reveal small green fruits. Later the fruits darken when matured. This is the second phase of flowering.