The ginger bush of the Lowveld and Limpopo grows fast and branches much. The brittle stems are smooth with green, pale grey or brown bark that peels with age.
The flowers of Tetradenia riparia are tiny and densely clustered along the spikes. Flower colour varies between pink, mauve and white. The tiny fruit (growing on the female plants) is a small, oblong nutlet (Schmidt, et al, 2002; Coates Palgrave, 2002).