Lotononis pulchella is a shrublet with trifoliolate leaves made up of oval leaflets covered in silvery hairs. The blue flowers grow in flat clusters, having the pea-flower shape found in the Fabaceae family. Each flower has a small yellow spot in the centre at the base of the petals. The standard and wing petals are longer than the keel. The wings and keel are hairy.
L. pulchella grows in the Eastern Cape, the south-west of KwaZulu-Natal and in Lesotho. It is normally seen in grassy spots among rocks on mountain slopes.
The species was previously called Buchenroedera tenuifolia (Manning, 2009).