The Nutmeg bush (Tetradenia riparia) belongs to the Lamiaceae (the Mint family). It is a deciduous shrub that is disrtibuted to southern Africa, from Malawi-Mozambique south to South Africa. This shrub grows at margins of evergreen forests, often in rocky terrain or near water, and up to 3 m in height. The leaves are ovate-oblong to rotund, variously covered with glandular hairs on both sides, the underside covered in whitish velvety hairs. Their margins are coarsely crenate-dentate. The minute, pale to deep, mauve-pink or lilac, sometimes white flowers bloom in large many-branched panicles from May to August. It is monoecious. It's flowers are unisexual in different spikes within the same inflorescence.