Gibbaeum nuciforme used to be called G. cryptopodium until fairly recently. It is a clump-forming dwarf succulent with semi-translucent, globular leaves occurring in attached pairs. In dry periods they may be partly underground and just the tips of the leaves are visible.
The Aizoaceae or mesemb family is a very large one that includes this Gibbaeum or hunchback genus of semi-desert plants (gibbosus is Latin for hunchback), with their chunky, unequal leaf-pairs. This species is a natural resident of the Little Karoo on quartz outcrops.