Gnidia capitata has interesting Afrikaans common names: the gifbossie (little poison bush) or kerriebossie (little curry bush). It is not known whether the plant may be poisonous to livestock. The curry bush connotation may be derived from the flower colour.
G. capitata is an erect shrublet that grows in rocky grassland in the eastern parts of South Africa. The plant is multi-stemmed and reaches 70 cm in height. The stems are more hairy higher up than close to the ground. The leaves are blue-green, lanceolate or elliptic and may be hairy or not.
Flowerheads grow on long stalks. The calyx is hairy and five-lobed. Flowers are tubular with five yellow lobes and four small petal scales in the mouths. Flowering happens all through the year (Manning, 2009; www.ispot.org.za).