This Centella difformis plant was encountered along a path in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve during November. The plant is a stout, sprawling or erect shrublet growing from a woody suffrutex. Its branches sometimes reach heights ranging from 10 cm to 40 cm.
There are 17 of the about 50 Centella species in the Hermanus to Stellenbosch area. Several Centella plants are commonly known as pennyworts or in Afrikaans varkoortjies (little pig ears). Many of them are perennial herbs. Some Centella species are hairy, especially on leaves and stems, as is this white-woolly one.
C. difformis is found on coastal flats and lower sandstone slopes growing in fynbos of the Western and Eastern Cape (JSTOR; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984).