Khadia acutipetala is a dwarf succulent with trailing branches arising from a thickened rootstock. The leaves are pale green to grey green with a mottled, rough looking surface. The plant forms a small mat of many narrow triangular leaves with sharp tips. The flowers are pinkish purple, fluffy looking with cream coloured centres.
The root of Khadia acutipetala has been used in local beer brewing by indigenous South African people.