Dorstenia barnimiana a perennial (almost) stemless, monoecious herb up to 20 cm tall, in the fig family (Moraceae). It has a slightly depressed or subglobose tuber (caudex) with leaves and inflorescences from the tuber.
Dorstenia barnimiana is rather variable in features of leaves and inflorescences.
This species has a
inflorescence consisting of a green and brown flattened receptacle in a vertical position surrounded by tendril-like appendages.
Plants may have entire and palmately compound leaves, and all intermediates in the same population. The inflorescences also vary in colour and in number of appendages.