Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Mickey Mouse Plant (Native: South Africa)
This is not actually the flower, it's the sepals and flower bases which turn red and fleshy when all the petals fall. The actual flower is yellow in colour and the petals only last for a day after which it will fall off. A round black fruitlets will develop in the middle of the sepals, usually around 1-3 fruitlets. It is called Mickey Mouse Plant because if looked from the right angle, the fruitlets look like the eyes and the sepals look like the ears of the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.
Interesting, isn't it? I fell in love with the garden right from the very first flower I encountered.