BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION: This plant is a shrub or small tree of rarely more than six metres in height, with a greyish appearance, hence the Afrikaans vernacular name (grey, "bos" = bush). It occurs in a wide range of habitats. The leaves are oblong in shape, with the upper surface dark green and strongly net-veined and the lower surface pale grey and densely velvety. The small, whitish flower heads are followed by small woolly fruits. The fruit is a small seed or nutlet covered in white, woolly hairs resembling a ball of cotton wool, and although the seeds are at their best in late winter and spring, they can be found on the tree at almost any time of the year.