A tiny, grey, semi-desert plant, Avonia albissima is found in the Richtersveld. It grows on quartzite outcrops on lower slopes throughout this region. There are sometimes brown markings to be seen on the stems.
The flowers that grow at stem tips are 4 mm in diameter, lime green to pale cream in colour. The plants are self-pollinating. Viable seeds are produced and dispersed very fast, within a few days of flowering (Williamson, 2010).