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Syngonium 'White Butterfly'


Syngonium 'White Butterfly'

Family Name: Araceae

Syngonium 'White Butterfly' is an attractive housplant belonging to the arrowhead vine family. This cultivar's mature green leaves are arrowhead-shaped with white venation while the new shoots are heart-shaped with mostly white but green on the edges.


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Shrubby


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A herbaceous climber, it climbs by means of its roots.  
Foliage The young leaves are sagittate in shape and become compound leaves, with 3 leaflets, eventually increasing from 5 to 9 leaflets when mature.  The leaves exude a milky sap when broken.  
Stems The stems exude a milky sap when broken. 
Flowers The flowers are borne on a spadix, which originate from the leaf axils. 
Fruits The fruits are berries and turn reddish-orange when mature. 
Habitat It can be found growing in tropical and premontane wet forest and can be found growing from sea level to an altitude of 1000m. 
Cultivation It is best grown under semi-shade. It is best grown in fertile, well-drained and moist soils. It can also be grown in sandy or loamy soils, in slightly acidic conditions. 

Landscaping Features

Landscaping Commonly planted on flowerbed or in container planting for its ornamental foliage. Suitable as indoor plant.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Trellis / Arbour / Pergola, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant
Usage Hazard - Cons Invasive / Potentially Invasive
Usage Hazard - Cons Remarks It is an invasive plant in Singapore, United States and South Africa. 

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Propagation Method Division, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green, White
Young Flush Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Sagittate, Cordate)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Sagittate, Cordate

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Master ID 218
Species ID 1514
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Species record last updated on: 09 December 2021.