Acridocarpus orientalis is a small perennial shrub with highly branched, hairy stems and yellow flowers, which grow in clusters (2) (3). The five yellow petals of the flower have fringed edges and are not joined to each other (2) (3). The leaves of species in the Malpighiaceae family are usually evergreen (4), and have smooth edges, a pointed tip and grow at alternating points along the central stem (3).
The young leaves of Acridocarpus orientalis are covered in reddish-brown hair, which is lost as the plant grows, creating a smooth, leathery leaf with prominent veins (2) (3). The single seeds of Acridocarpus orientalis are contained within a winged fruit, with the seed found at the base of the slightly hairy wings (3).
For some species of the Malpighiaceae family, there are characteristic hairs on the stems which are easily detachable from the plant and can cause irritation to the skin (2) (4).
- Height: up to 3 m (2)