Empodium flexile, colloquially known as autumn star or in Afrikaans as ploegtydblommetjie (little ploughing time flower), flowers after rain in autumn or winter, heralding the time for the farmer when ploughing should commence.
The plant is a small perennial, a cormous geophyte growing annual leaves and flowers above ground.
The species is distributed from Namaqualand to the Little Karoo. It grows in clay soils on stony flats and slopes. This one was seen near Oudtshoorn around the eastern extreme of its distribution (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot).