Kabatiti is a climbing, smooth shrub, reaching a height of 6 meters. Leaves are shining, ovate, 5 to 9 centimeters long, 2 to 6 centimeters wide; with pointed tips, rounded bases and toothed margins. Three nerves arise from the base of the leaf. Flowers are yellowish green, about 4 millimeters in diameter, borne on axillary, short inflorescences which are about 1 centimeter long. Fruit is somewhat rounded, 7 to 9 millimeters in diameter, and surrounded at the base by the calyx, green and fleshy, becoming dark brown with age, and contains three seeds.
Asiatica leaves contain a useful saponin-like substance (Johnston 1971, in Schultz, 1992). In Hawai‘i and elsewhere, the plant is used medicinally and its leaves have long been used for soap as they form a lather in water (Neal 1965, in Schultz, 1992).