Nuxia gracilis, commonly known as the sticky nuxia, is a bushy shrub growing to heights ranging between 2 m and 3,5 m in height (SA Tree List No. 634.5).
The plant has opposite leaves growing in decussate pairs. Leaf shape is linear to oblanceolate with tapering base and rounded tip. The leaf margins are toothed in their upper halves. Leaves become up to 4,5 cm long and 8 mm wide.
The white flowers of N. gracilis grow in terminal umbels. The small flowers have ovate corolla lobes, shorter than the flower tubes; the calyx bell-shaped. The outside of the corolla tube has a covering of glandular hairs. The fruit capsules are also hairy.
The species distribution in nature is dichotomous, one part lying in Griqualand West in Kalahari habitat, the other in Mpumalanga and Limpopo in grassland and bushveld. The plant grows in limestone soil along watercourses and in dry riverbeds.
The about 45 Nuxia species occur in central and southern Africa and Madagascar (Coates Palgrave, 2002; JSTOR).