The young, cylindrical Gorteria personata branches are longitudinally dotted purplish red in rows, even striped on the pale green surfaces, sparsely covered in long white hairs.
The alternate leaves are simple, unlobed on upper stems and sessile or stalkless. The oblanceolate leaf-shape is narrow, widest near the bluntly pointed tip and tapering gradually to the base.
Near the stem-tips the leaf margins are entire and pronouncedly rolled under. The upper surfaces of the leaves are dark green, sparsely hairy and coarse from tiny bulges scattered across them. The leaves become 2 cm long and 1 cm wide when lobed (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2015; Manning and Goldblatt, 1997; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; iNaturalist; https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au).