The simple leaves of Crassula capensis grow in two or three, rarely four opposite pairs. The leaf pairs are decussate and reducing in size to the top pair until all are fully developed. The very small young ones can be seen here to still be ovate to elliptic.
The leaves are nearly round or broadly paddle-shaped and pressed flat on the ground. The leaf margins are delicately scalloped. The blades are thinly textured with no prominence of net-veining. The leaves are purple underneath and on the margins. Leaf size is comparatively large in proportion to the overall plant.
A flower in picture is harbouring a hungry pollinator. Some Oxalis leaves are visible in the vicinity. The photo was taken in June (Privett and Lutzeyer, 2010; Manning, 2007; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984).