Shrubs of 1–2 m. tall with a single trunk rising from tubers spaced at intervals along a root or rhizome. Leaves digitately compound, glabrous, generally similar to those of C. spicata. Petiole up to 25 cm. long, glabrous. Leaflets 4–7(12), 6–18 cm. long, slightly coriaceous, broadly elliptic to oblanceolate; apex acute to rounded and sometimes emarginate; decurrent deltate wings present as in C. spicata. Margins entire to undulate to slightly and irregularly serrate. Inflorescence a group of (5)8–15(23) dense spike-like racemes, with peduncles 3–18 cm. long and with basal bracts up to 1 cm. long. Flowers with pedicels 0–2(4) mm. long, floral bracts c. 2 mm. long. Calyx forming a fairly prominent cup, stylopodium depressed-conical compared to that of C. zuluensis (8) and less conspicuous in fruit. Fruit broadly ovoid, 4 × 4 mm., glabrous; axis and pedicels elongating little, if at all, at maturity.
Apparently confined to coastal sand dunes, but occasionally occurring further inland in open woodland on sandy soils.
in Bothalia 11: 194, t. 2 & 3 (1973).—Bamps in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 44: 108 (1974). Type from Natal.