Annual, erect, mostly unbranched seed weed with velvet-haired stem. Loves moist, nutrient-rich, sandy loam soils.
Cotyledons are long-stemmed, at the stem deeply cordately (heart shaped) serrated (Picture 1). Leaves are (linden-leaf shaped), long-stemmed with cordate base (up to 150 mm) (Picture 2). The yellow inflorescences stand individually or as a few in the axil (Picture 3). The fruit is cup-like with numerous pointed calyx ends that split to release seeds (Picture 4). The linden-leafed velvet leaf is also called China jute.