Serruria elongata, the long-stalked spiderhead, is an erect shrub with hairless, fleshy leaves divided into many needle-like leaflets. The upper ones are arranged in whorls, but close to the ground.
The sturdy flower stem, the peduncle, sometimes well over 30 cm in length bears loose clusters of flower-heads. They start off as flat-topped silvery buds as are present here. Upon opening they morph into the complex flower-heads that fit the generic name of spiderhead. The plant flowers from midwinter to midspring.
The distribution is the mountains of Du Toit’s Kloof, Riviersonderend and Bredasdorp. This picture was taken in Fernkloof, Hermanus. Their habitat is sandy flats and slopes of the fynbos (Bean & Johns, 2005).