Thick-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree, up to 4 m tall; bark smooth, with dark patches; branches with rigid, dwarf spur-branchlets. Leaves trifoliolate, obovate to ± circular, dark green, glabrous. Flowers small, greenish yellow. Fruit a small, round berry.
Dioecious shrub-like tree 0.5-4.0 m tall, trunk branching near ground level into thick stems with succulent appearance; bark yellowish brown with dark patches, usually not peeling but occasionally flaking locally in small papery pieces; young branchlets glabrous, not spine-tipped. Leaves trifoliolate, glabrous, green; petiole 1-10 mm long; leaflets cordate, obovate or occasionally orbicular; petiolules 0.5-2.0 mm long; margin undulate or crenate, occasionally almost entire, apex emarginate or obtuse, base cuneate, seldom truncate, terminal leaflet (4-)9(-18) x (3-)8(-14) mm, lateral leaflets (3-)6(-13) x (2-)5(-10) mm. Inflorescence: simple dichasial cymes up to 10 mm long, glandular, or flowers solitary. Flowers unisexual, perigynous. Pedicel 0.5-1.0 mm long, calyx and hypanthium fleshy, calyx, hypanthium and corolla glandular. Disc 4-lobed, adnate to hypanthium. Stamens 8. Fruit ellipsoid, ±12 x 10 x 6 mm, glabrous; putamen smooth; pseudo-aril absent.
Lüderitz area to Richtersveld and E to Goodhouse.