On seeing plants of this species for the first time, one would be excused for thinking they belong to E. stellispina (see earlier post). E. pillansii is smaller (up to 30 cm tall instead of up to 50 cm or more) and the stems have fewer angles (7-9 compared to 10-16). The plants are either male or female and occur sporadically from Ceres to Vanwyksdorp in the Little Karoo on stony, clayey soils.
The pictures were taken 7 Febr. 2009, west of Ladismith.
To be continued.