Sparrmannia ricinocarpa, the mountain stock-rose, is a slender shrub of forest margins. It sometimes scrambles to 3 m among the surrounding growth. The leaves have long stalks, are toothed and lobed, finely hairy and prominently veined. The flowers have green sepals and narrow white or pink petals that curve far back when they open, lending prominence to the mass of yellow stamens; the outer ones being sterile. The fruits are ovoid and covered in bristles that attach to clothing and animal pelts. The plant tends to spread on disturbed land. The distribution area is in the north of South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe (www.zimbabweflora.co.zw; www.sntc.org.sz).