Hypertelis salsoloides or braksuring (brackish sorrel) in Afrikaans, is a short-lived succulent shrublet that grows to 30 cm. It branches from a single stem and has smooth blue-green erect cylindrical succulent leaves, 3 cm long, that feel rubbery to the touch.
A second common name for the plant, skaapsuring (sheep sorrel), relates to the fact that the plant is heavily browsed by livestock, especially sheep, as well as game. The plant is found in the Little Karoo to Namibia, Zimbabwe and in tropical Africa. It grows in sandy or loamy soils and on granite slopes, often in disturbed sites. It copes with low rainfall.
The genus of Hypertelis, belonging to the Molluginaceae or carpetweed family, comprises 7 species. The are all found widespread in Africa, some on St. Helena. This species seems to have been classified as Aizoaceae in the past (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; www.namibrand.com).