The narrowly obovate leaves of this Hermannia pinnata plant show irregular margins or spaced teeth on the faintly shiny leaves. The leaves sometimes have distinct channels along their sunken midribs, not present on this plant.
The younger branches are green here, acquiring a red tinge as they grow, while retaining their covering of short hairs. The stalks of the nodding flowers that grow from leaf axils are similarly hairy, as are the pointed calyces folded around the base of each orange corolla. Corolla colour fades gradually to paler orange as the flowers age (Manning, 2007; www.plantzafrica.com).