Several Phylica lachneaeoides flower clusters, each on its own branched stem-tip, grow close together here in the Kouga Valley during May. Doing justice to the common name of pinkstar hardleaf will happen a little later, when the flowers have opened more widely.
The shorter buds among the open flowers still hold their five lobes together in a club-shaped structure. Open flowers are pink, while those past bloomtime are greyish, the sepal lobes again partly closed.
When many tips of bigger stems on a well-grown bush perform like this, the blooming of this Phylica is spectacular. The photo was taken in May (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2015; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; iNaturalist).