Small perennial herb, usually less than 15 cm tall. Leaves erect, in a basal rosette, lanceolate, sometimes hairless above and pubescent on the veins beneath but regularly pubescent all over; 3-5 veins prominent beneath. Inflorescence up to 12 cm tall, racemose. Flowers white with purple markings or mauve, purple or pink, 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed; lobes obtuse.
- Key and description in FZ 8-2 (Philcox, 1990) state that the leaves in this species are hairless except for pubescence on the veins beneath. Several of our own records, however, as well as many herbarium specimens show leaves being pubescent all over. This is also the case in the description and drawings in Fischer's revision of Linderniae (1992). - Flower colour is said to be mostly white with purple markings but different colour forms, such as mauve or pink are not uncommon and sometimes found growing together.