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Eriocephalus africanus

Eriocephalus africanus


Woody shrub up to 1 m. Silvery silky leaves borne in tufts. Bears flat-topped conspicuous clusters of flowerheads. Each flowerhead carried on a stalk (peduncle) less than 10 mm. Ray florets (3 or 4) are white or light pink. Disc-florets are wine red and 5-lobed. Flowerheads turn wooly and break off as units.

Eriocephalus species are important sources of essential oils marketed as “Cape chamomile oil”.

Distribution in the Hex

Sandy or shale lower slopes and flats of De Doorns Sandstone Fynbos and De Doorns Renosterveld Karoo vegetation.


  • Manning, J., 2018. Field Guide to Fynbos