Chrysocoma coma-aurea is a leafy shrublet of the far south-western parts of the Western Cape, from the Cape Peninsula to the Overberg and Paarl. The habitat is coastal flats and sandstone slopes where it grows in winter rain and flowers in the dry season. Called bitterbush or golden cowcud locally, it is often encountered by hikers on Table Mountain.
The leaves of C. coma-aurea are needle-like, fresh green with margins curving under. Lengthwise the leaves curve slightly inwards towards the stem tips.
The discoid or button-like flowerheads grow on erect stalks that emerge from stem tips. These discs lack the ray florets that would make them conventional daisies. The fynbos and other parts of South Africa have many plants growing discoid flowerheads lacking rings of surrounding rays, belonging to the Asteraceae or daisy family (Manning, 2007; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984).