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Syncarpha eximia (Strawberry everlasting)

[= Helipterum eximium]

Rooisewejaartjie [Afrikaans]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Gnaphalieae > 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).

Life cycle

  • Flowers from November to March.

Ecological interactions



  • 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.

Text by Hamish Robertson