Bauhinia natalensis grows in valley bushveld or scrub in KwaZulu-Natal, the province it bears the (old) name of. The leaves are small, deeply two-lobed with veins running across the lobe surfaces from the base. The lobes are positioned obliquely, shaped ovate-oblong to obovate. Leaf stalks are up to 1,5 cm long. The usually solitary white flowers are up to 4 cm in diameter, white, sometimes with pink or red veins across the corolla. Blooming occurs more during the hotter months, but some may be found all the year round. A small brown pod that bursts open when dry, carries the seeds (Coates Palgrave, 2002).