The varnished khuni-rhus or in Afrikaans blinktaaibos (shiny sticky bush) is usually a shrub, rarely a small tree. As these names suggest, the leaves are shiny. The height attained by Searsia lucida is rarely beyond 2 m.
The fruits are also shiny. They are dark brown, hairless drupes, spheroid in shape. Birds commonly eat the small fruit that become about 4 mm in diameter.
The genus Searsia was previously known as Rhus (Coates Palgrave, 2002).