The elliptic to ovate leaves of the evergreen Anisodontea scabrosa are in picture big-toothed or small-scalloped along their margins. The upper leaf surfaces, somewhat quilted from sunken veins, are covered in soft, sticky, glandular hairs. The leaves are from 5 cm to 7,5 cm long.
In Afrikaans the species is known as the harigemalva (hairy geranium). The specific name, scabrosa, is derived from the Latin word, scabridus, meaning rough, referring to the leaves that are rough to the touch (Curtis-Scott, et al, 2020; Manning, 2009; Pooley, 1998; iNaturalist).