Lachenalia trichophylla is a bulbous perennial that annually grows one, occasionally two nearly prostrate, deciduous leaves. The flower stalk may reach a height of 10 cm.
The leaf is covered in stellate hairs, i.e. hairs that branch into small tufts. The hairs (or bristles) seem to grow in rows to some extent. On some plants the hairs are short, on others both long and short. Leaf shape is ovate, tapering to a pointed tip. The leaf base has two large, rounded lobes, encircling the flower stalk and sheathing it down to the small, globose bulb. The leaf is dark green with some purplish colouring towards the leaf tips and on the hairs.
This photo was taken near Clanwilliam from where the plant’s distribution continues to a little north of the Gifberg (iSpot; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; JSTOR; www.pacificbulbsociety.org).