Microdon dubius, the cat's tail bush, is a heath-like shrublet growing erect, densely leafy stems to heights around 70 cm. The wand-like stems don’t grow short-shoots. The narrow, hairless leaves are alternate, ascending upon the stems. They become from 6 mm to 1,8 cm long.
The distribution of the species is from Namaqualand to the Cape Peninsula and eastwards into the southern Cape. The habitat is rocky, sandstone slopes. Microdon is mainly a fynbos genus, six of its seven species, including this one, growing there. This plant was seen in the Kogelberg early in November. The species is not considered threatened in its habitat early in the twentieth century.
Some or all Microdon species used to be classified in the genus Agathelpis. The genus name is derived from Greek: mikros is small, odon means tooth, maybe referring to teeth upon the calyx or its shape overall. Note that there is another, unrelated plant genus called Microcodon (Manning, 2007; iSpot; Bean and Johns, 2005; Andrew, 2012).