Gnidia deserticola, in Afrikaans the verfbossie (little paint bush), is a much-branched, twiggy shrub that grows to 60 cm in height. It does not sprout after fire. This is one of the few Gnidia species that tends to be browsed.
G. deserticola is another of the 150 members of the Gnidia genus that belongs to the Thymelaeaceae family. It grows in an inland east-west strip in the south of South Africa from the Eastern Cape to Nieuwoudtville, usually on dry flats and slopes. Deserticola, the specific name (Latin) means living in a desert.
The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century as its population is stable (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot).