Hesperantha baurii subsp. baurii is a cormous perennial of the eastern grassland of South Africa from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo. It grows from the coast to the Drakensberg, also in Lesotho and Swaziland. The plant may reach a height of 50 cm, although usually much smaller. The corm has a flat base and is covered in hard layers of a woody tunic. Four narrow, linear leaves are grown, two at the base, the others up the flower stalk.
A spike of pink six-tepalled flowers appears from midsummer to early autumn. The corolla tube is nearly 1 cm long, the tepals spreading to a diameter of up to 3 cm. The stamens diverge in the salver-shaped corolla into the cream-coloured oblongs of the thin anthers. The style has three long white stigma branches, taller than the stamens. Flowers are open during daytime.
H. baurii subsp. baurii has a stable population in its habitat early in the 21st century (Manning, 2009).