|Etymology||Genus||Wild pear; reference to plant is unknown|
|Species||After Sir John Kirk (Scottish physican & naturalist) or Thomas Kirk (writer on New Zealand plants)|
|Common Names||Mickey Mouse Plant|
|Native Distribution||Tropical Africa|
The earliest record of Ochna kirkii in Singapore was in 1933 in the Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore Herbarium Online, 2012). Spontaneous plants have been seen in urban areas and forest fringes (Secondary forest in Jurong, MacRitchie Reservoir forest, Sungei Loyang scrubland, Pulau Ubin scrubland, coastal forest in Coney Island) (Teo et al., 2011).
Its endearing common name, the Mickey Mouse Plant, comes from the fact that its clusters of dark fruitlets surrounded by the red sepals, and supplemented by the persistent red stamens look somewhat like the Walt Disney cartoon character.
The boundary of Punggol Park is surrounded by Ochna kirkii.
The leaves are always slightly curled.
White lenticels covering the branches. Note the bristles lining the leaf margins.
Young leaves are reddish.
Flower. Note the green-yellow sepals behind the petal.
The sepals turn red and encapsulate the fruits.