Harveya pumila grows in grassland in the eastern parts of South Africa and southern Africa. There are scale-like leaves positioned opposite each other on the stout stems. The leaves are without chlorophyll, rounded and hairless with obtusely angled tips. The plant turns black when drying, a feature of the inkflowers, as this genus is commonly known.
This plant was photographed during August near Krugersdorp in Gauteng (JSTOR; iSpot).