Hymenolepis crithmoides is still probably known to most as Hymenolepis parviflora. Very few sources seem to have made the move to the latest name change yet.
The plant is not at present considered to be threatened. It copes well with either little or much water. Where it grows in the western parts of the Western Cape and Northern Cape, parts of its habitat gets much rain, for instance the Cape Peninsula and the other part is quite arid, for instance Namaqualand. A variety of insects contributes to the pollinating function and is fed in the process. The fruits developing in late summer are cylindrical and ribbed (www.plantzafrica.com).