Nov. 5, 2017

Mickey Mouse plant, Ochna serrulata

Yesterday's dayflower, with its two large upper petals, was recently called a Mickey Mouse plant. I can certainly see why. Here's the real deal, and the flower doesn't look like that at all. The fruiting heads can. Have a look at (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ochna_species_5.jpg). The flowers are clearly buzz pollinated. Witness the holes in the ends of the anthers. This image is from Matthaei Gardens conservatory at the University of Michigan. I wonder what kind of buzz pollinator inhabits that building? Sounds like a Mickey Mouse arrangement to me. This species has spread to the wild in FL and HI. 3/6/16