Pegolettia retrofracta, called draaibos (turn bush) in the Little Karoo, the same name as the other Pegolettia found there, grows to 60 cm. The pale whitish green, young branches often tilt southwards; this may have led to the draaibos name.
The wide distribution of this plant across southern Africa is most prevalent in the west-central inland part of South Africa, but it is also found in Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. This specimen was photographed near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo.
The Pegolettia genus of 9 species in the Asteraceae family has members in Africa, Arabia and the Middle East. The species is not considered to be threatened in habitat early in the twenty first century (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot; Wikipedia; www.redlist.sanbi.org).