The name "subacaulis" comes from the Latin and means "almost without stem". Aeollanthus subacaulis is a perennial plant that develops from a globose tuberous root. It has green leaves on the upper surface and pleasantly shades of purplish-red on the lower surface. The foliage, with a velvet-like texture on touch, has an elliptical shape and slightly curved inwards, with slightly wavy margins. In the flowering period it produces pretty pink-whitish conical flowers. Inside the caudex it stores water to survive drought periods. It’s a deciduous plant, as it loses its leaves during the rest of the vegetation and then regenerates them with the new growing season.