Gonocarpus stems from the Greek word 'gonia' meaning angle or corner and 'carpos' meaning fruit, referring to its ribbed fruits.
Micranthus stems from the Greek word 'micros' meaning small and 'anthos' meaning flower, alluding to its tiny flowers. Creeping Raspwort is a prostrate, ascending or erect, multi-branched creeping herb, that roots at the nodes.
In open situations it forms mats 5-10cm tall. The plant produces red toned obovoid fruits. It is widespread in a variety of habitats such as dry forest, woodland, heath, grassy areas, roadsides, along streams and in swampy areas.