Several Cheiridopsis species are found in Namaqualand or are even endemic to the region. In this area they grow in winter and mostly also flower then. Summer is a resting period for many Namaqualand succulent plants after the winter rains. Cheiridopsis and other members of the Aizoaceae will wait in rest for the first rain when the seed capsules from last season's flowers will burst open to release their seeds.
Some of the Cheiridopsis species are low-growing or spreading dwarf plants while others grow into bigger shrublets. Their flowers have the common vygie shape with petals in a number of whorls around the central bunched stamens and pistils.
This plant was thought to be a Cheiridopsis derenbergiana, also known as C. subaequalis or C. citrina, and by yet other names. When the genus was reduced by the taxonomists from 100 to 33 species, some names disappeared by slightly different plants being grouped together, resulting in fewer names. But this specimen certainly does not look like the Cheiridopsis derenbergiana found under that name in the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden and displayed elsewhere in this Album. The guess at this stage is Cheiridopsis rostrata. Maybe someone wants to comment on that?