These are perennial herbs growing from a thick, hairy rhizome. They are stemless, with the flowers borne on an erect scape. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped, sometimes narrowly oval in shape, with pointed tips and veins running the length of the blades. They are hairless to slightly hairy. At the top of the stout scape are panicles or corymbs of flower heads. Each head has a single floret. It is pink, purple, or white and tipped with five lobes. It is enclosed in a pair of narrow green to purplish bracts. The style is divided into two long, hairy branches. The achene is tipped with a pappus of scales or fine bristles.
The plants produce copious nectar which attracts an assemblage of bees, wasps, beetles, and ants, which likely act as pollinators. Plants of the genus appear to be adapted to wildfire-prone habitat, and have been observed flowering most abundantly after fire.
- 1932 illustration by Rudolf Marloth, published in The Flora of South Africa, 1932
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- Species listing: Corymbium. Red List of South African Plants. South African National Biodiversity Institute.
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