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Ochna integerrima

(Vietnamese Mickey Mouse Plant)


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Interesting Facts

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Common Names

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Common Names in Chinese:


Common Names in English:

Vietnamese Mickey Mouse Plant

Common Names in Vietnamese:

Mai vàng


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Genus Ochna

Small trees or shrubs . Stipules small, intrapetiolarly united , deciduous; leaf blade simple , margin generally serrate, rarely entire; secondary veins curved upward, especially near margin, not joining in a submarginal vein . Inflorescences branched, sometimes corymbose . Sepals (4 or) 5, completely enclosing floral bud, margins entire, often accrescent and colored in fruit, persistent . Petals 5-12, yellow or rarely orange or white, contorted. Stamens numerous , 2- or more whorled ; filaments short or elongate , persistent; anthers poricidal or more rarely longitudinally dehiscent . Ovary deeply lobed , 3-15-locular; ovule 1 per locule; style gynobasic , slender; stigma generally slightly lobed. Drupelets 3-10(or 15), black, inserted on accrescent receptacle. Seed non-endospermic; embryo straight or curved.

About 85 species: mainly in tropical Africa, a few species in tropical Asia; one species in China.[1]

Physical Description

Species Ochna integerrima

Small trees or shrubs , 2-7 m tall, 6-16 cm d.b.h., deciduous. Branchlets gray-brown, glabrous . Stipules 2-7 mm, soon deciduous; petiole 2-5 mm; leaf blade elliptical , obovate-oblong, or obovate-lanceolate, 7-19 × 3-5.5 cm, base broadly cuneate, margin serrate, apex acute or obtuse ; midvein prominent on both surfaces. Inflorescence corymbose , ca. 4 cm, on short branchlets. Flowers ca. 3 cm in diam., on 1.5-3 cm pedicels.

Sepals oblong , 1-1.4 cm, apex obtuse, reflexed during anthesis , red in fruit. Petals 5(or 7), ovate , 1.3-2 cm, apex obtuse or rounded . Stamens 3-whorled, 0.9-1.2 cm; filaments 5-8 mm. Ovary 10-12-locular; style terete ; stigma slightly lobed . Drupes 10-12 × 6-7 mm, base slightly curved , apex obtuse. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. May-Jun. [source]

Habit: Evergreen .

Flowers: Bloom Period: April, May. • Flower Color: red, yellow


Size: 36-48" tall.


Rocky valley sides, wet areas by streams ; 300-1400 m [2].


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Culture: Space 24-36" apart.

Soil: Minimum pH: 5.6 • Maximum pH: 7.5

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Light Shade.

Moisture: Drought Tolerance: High

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 9b, 10a, 10b, 11. (map)


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Elaeocarpus integerrimus Loureiro • Ochna harmandii Lecomte.


Publishing author : Merr. Publication : Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc. n. s. xxiv. II. 11, 265 1935

Basionym author: (Lour.)

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Ochna

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 6 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

O. integerrima (Vietnamese Mickey Mouse Plant) · O. jabotapita (Bird's-Eye Bush) · O. natalitia (Natal Plane) · O. pulchra (Peeling Bark Ochna) · O. serrulata (Bird's Eye Bush) · O. thomasiana (Bird's Eye Bush)

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Further Reading

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  1. "Ochna". in Flora of China Vol. 12 Page 361, 362. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
  2. "Ochna integerrima". in Flora of China Vol. 12 Page 362. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30