Manulea tomentosa is a perennial herb of the Western Cape coastal sand flats and lower fynbos slopes from Stellenbosch to Bredasdorp. The Afrikaans name of vingertjies (little fingers), relates to the shape of the corolla lobes or petals of the flowers of some Manulea species.
This plant commonly reaches 60 cm to 80 cm in height. The herb is variable in appearance, usually branching much, mainly at the base. Stems and leaves are often hairy as the name indicates. Leaf surfaces are rough, the margins toothed.
Blooming happens from winter to midsummer (Manning, 2007; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984).