This Fernkloof specimen of Metalasia erubescens is finding the December weather a bit taxing, judged by the yellowness of the foliage. Winter rain will turn the leaves greener. The stems higher up on the plant are covered in narrow, hairy, twisted leaves, sometimes growing in tufts. Lower stem parts may become bare as older leaves drop off. Leaves may be as short as 2 mm or as long as 1,8 cm. The plant is covered in white and woolly hairs.
The distribution of this species is Western Cape coastal flats and slopes from Kleinmond to Agulhas. The habitat is fynbos in sandy soil (Bean and Johns, 2005).