Jamesbrittenia pristisepala, a slender perennial, is found in the Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Lesotho. It grows a few erect branches and flowers in summer. The habitat is summer rainfall open grassland. A few erect branches are grown by the plant. The leaves are pale green, hairy and finely, irregularly lobed.
Botanical identity migrations of the species include sojourns in the genera of Sutera and Lyperia. The Zulus call this herb umahokwe.