Syncarpha eximia (Strawberry
[= Helipterum eximium]
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> Genus: Syncarpha
Syncarpha eximia plants in foreground, on
Swellendam Hiking Trail, Western Cape, South Africa. [photo H.
Robertson, Iziko ©]
Aeropetes tulbaghia butterflies feeding on
nectar from Syncarpha eximia, Outeniqua Mountains, 24 February
2007, photographed at about 8h00. According to Hermann Staude, who took
this photograph, there were a few hundred of these butterflies in this
valley all feeding on these Strawberry everlastings, which were very
common in the post-burn fynbos. The sun was shining and there was mist
in the valleys below. [photo H.S. Staude ©]
Distribution and habitat
Occurs in fynbos on south-facing slopes of mountains from
Riviersonderend (Western Cape) to Uitenhage (Eastern Cape), South Africa
(Goldblatt and Manning 2000).
- Flowers from November to March.
- Goldblatt P. and Manning J. 2000. Cape Plants. A Conspectus of
the Cape Flora of South Africa. National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria
and Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis. Strelitzia 9.