Dorotheanthus bellidiformis subsp. bellidiformis is a tufted annual herb. It has strap-shaped to narrowly paddle-shaped leaves with tiny bladder cells shining in sunlight on the leaf surfaces.
The flowers usually have dark centres comprising many brown or reddish stamens; occasionally the flower centres may be yellow. Flowers grow on leafless pedicels and have a double row of petals. The bicolour feature of the pointed petals is strongly evident in the specimen in picture (Manning, 2009; iSpot).