Penaea cneorum is a shrub, occasionally a small tree of 4 m with hairless upper branches that are sometimes reddish and densely covered in small, sessile leaves arranged in four ranks. The compact spikes of small yellow flowers rest upon distinctive broad yellow, orange or pink bracts that grow at the tips of the branchlets. The plant is found in habitat in the Western and Eastern Cape among fynbos scrub along stream banks and in damp areas of the coastal sandstone slopes from the Kogelberg to Port Elizabeth (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010 and Manning, 2007).
The specimen in picture has robust new branches grown after a fire. It looks as if resprouting has occurred as Vlok and Schutte-Vlok state that it does. The photo was taken at Fernkloof in spring.