Hemimeris racemosa, commonly known as yellow faces, is an annual herb growing to heights between 3 cm and 50 cm. The plant has sparse, sticky hairs on its square stems often branching from the base.
The opposite leaves are ovate with toothed or lobed margins and variably hairy. Leaf dimensions are 6 mm to 25 mm by 2 mm to 15 mm.
The flowers grow in racemes. The flower buds are covered in sticky glandular hairs on their sepals. The two-lipped, yellow corolla is slightly pouched at its base, the pair of upper lobes finely brown spotted. There is a pair of spurs at the back of the corolla, 1,5 mm to 3 mm long; the flower itself becoming 7 mm to 13 mm long. The flower has two stamens. Flowering happens from midwinter to mid-spring. The fruit capsule contains many small seeds.
The species distribution is coastal and slightly inland from Namaqualand to Knysna. The photo was taken in the Gifberg in October. The habitat is generally sandy flats and lower slopes in arid fynbos and renosterveld. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (Bean and Johns, 2005; Manning, 2007; Manning and Goldblatt, 1996; iNaturalist; http://redlist.sanbi.org).