Botanical name: Ochna obtusata Family: Ochnaceae (Ramdhan Champa family)
Synonyms: Ochna squarrosa
This native of East India is a woody shrub or a small tree with glossy leaves. It has attractive yellow flowers, followed by seeds surrounded by bright red sepals. The bright red seed cup is as attractive as the flowers. The seeds are initially green, but turn jet black later. With some imagination, the red seed cup looks like the face of the Disney cartoon character Micky Mouse! Infact, some cousins of this plant are called Mickey Mouse plant. Propagation is by seeds, which grow quickly, or by cuttings from hard wood, which are slower.
Identification credit: Rajendra Shinde & Navendu Pagé
The flower labeled Ramdhan Champa is ...