Drosanthemum bicolor, commonly the sunset mesemb, is an erect shrub reaching 1 m in height. Its cylindrical, succulent leaves become up to 2 cm long.
This plant, cared for in the Caledon Botanical Garden, was found in full bloom in October. Some buds are still preparing to open, while many old flowers have turned into fruit; the plant certainly not resting on its laurels.
The species distribution tends towards the western part of the Little Karoo where it grows in clay soils among the often greyish scrub. Bloomtime is its chance to liven up matters in those parts considerably. Whether this species is threatened or not is uncertain as the species definition is not currently clear.
D. micans is one plant that resembles it strongly (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010l www.redlist.sanbi.org).
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