Loose strips of bark typically flake off the rough Leucosidea sericea stems. As the pale grey, longitudinal pieces drop off, reddish brown under-bark is exposed, even on this still thin stem.
Branching at the base has occurred here as is typical, the overall shape of L. sericea often shrub-like. Angled, twisted branches might develop into big stems in a haphazard manner, depending on where surrounding bush leaves space for accessing some sunlight.
This is the most common indigenous tree of Lesotho, thriving on high-altitude grassland (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002).