A gap between upper and lower bracts is visible below this Gorteria diffusa subsp. diffusa flowerhead. The rings of narrow bracts present below each flowerhead are all covered in ascending hairs that do not extend to the bract tips. The bracts are similar apart from the ones in the lowest ring being shorter.
There is a dense, whitish green mass of hairs at the base of the lower bracts, wider than the blackish base of the flowerhead.
The stem leaves immediately below the bracts exceed them in length (Le Roux, et al, 2005).