Erect perennial herb, to about 30 cm tall; stems herbaceous, somewhat woody at the base, unbranched or branching sparingly near base, tomentose to cobwebby, glabrescent with age. Leaves cauline, alternate, sessile, narrowly obovate to elliptic or ovate, non-pinnatifid, lamina 16-66(-80) x 4-23(-28) mm, thickly cobwebby to glabrescent above, densely white-tomentose below; apex acute; margin dentate to serrate, revolute; leaf-base clasping, without auricles. Capitula heterogamous, radiate, usually in twos or threes (rarely as many as 11) per stem, occasionally solitary; peduncles 0.5-4 cm to point of branching, as long as 9 cm if unbranched, densely cobwebby, subtended by lanceolate bracts (1-2.5 cm long) and with smaller bracts along their length, distally nude; receptacle flat or slightly convex, glabrous; involucre widely campanulate to cup-shaped, calyculate with 4 to 7 linear-lanceolate calyculus bracts 2-4 mm long; phyllaries subuniseriate, 16 to 20, linear-lanceolate, (5.5-)6.5-7.5 mm long, cobwebby to tomentose, glabrescent toward the apex, 1- to 3-veined, acuminate, margins narrowly scarious. Ray florets 8 to 13, female, glabrous; tube 2.5-3 mm long, cylindrical; limb oblong, 5-12 mm, 4-veined, yellow. Disc florets hermaphroditic, 25 to 42; corolla tubular below, narrowly campanulate above, 5.0-6.2 mm long, yellow; corolla lobes triangular-ovate, 0.5-0.7 mm long, apically subcucullate and minutely papillate; anthers basally sagittate or shortly caudate; apical appendage ovate, obtuse; endothecial tissue radial; filament collar distinctly balusterform; style branches with separate stigmatic areas; apex truncate with short sweeping hairs, outside glabrous. Cypselae heteromorphic: ray cypselae 4 winged, glabrous, brown to reddish brown, 2.0-3.5 mm long; epicarp cells rectangular, smooth with raised ridges; disc cypselae oblong-cylindrical with 6 ribs, not compressed or margined or winged, 1.5-2.2 mm long, with mucilaginous twin hairs on ribs; epicarp cells with rounded ends, striate; carpopodium absent or obscure; pappus bristles pluriseriate, 4-5 mm long, barbellate, white, caducous.
Growing in moist areas shaded by rocks or low shrubs, or at the edge of caves, on south-facing or southeastern slopes or below cliffs, on ledges, on Table Mountain Sand stone and on shale bands.
South Africa in the Western Cape, predominantly in the mountains around Franschhoek, Worcester, Paarl, Ceres, and Clanwilliam.