produces many short, branched stems bearing leaves at closely spaced intervals. Leaves and stems have a covering of sticky, glandular hairs - generally shorter than those of the otherwise similar chamaesaracha sordida
, which partly overlaps in range. The stickiness often causes sand and dust to adhere to the leaf surfaces. Some of the hairs are star-shaped, the others are unbranched. Leaves have irregularly wavy edges, and may be pinnately lobed.
Flowers form singly or in pairs, from the upper leaf nodes. The five-pointed corolla is around half an inch in diameter, mostly light yellow or nearly white, with a dark yellow, star-shaped patch around the center. The corolla may be tinged with light purple or brown. Corolla tips are hairy, and the flat sections between the tips are somewhat ragged. Five yellowish stamens project a little way beyond the corolla lobes.