The genus Bijlia is restricted to the Little Karoo in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. The fleshy asymmetric leaves, with one of each pair bearing the imprint of the other, are characteristic of the genus. Large, showy yellow flowers appear in the fall. The plants need adequate water during their active period when new leaves appear in the fall. They also require bright light if they are to remain compact; otherwise, they tend to lose their shape and become lanky. They are propagated by seed.