This is a dwarf succulent with stubby grey-green leaf pairs and small pink-purple to red flowers. Older plants tend to spread moderately and form clumps over the sandy and stony open terrain in which it commonly grows. It occurs naturally in some arid Western Cape regions.
Before interfering in any way with a Gibbaeum plant found in nature, it is worth remembering that 11 of the 17 species of Gibbaeum are on the Red Data List of South African Plants, denoting a threatened status. About half the species of this genus have distribution areas of less than 20 square kms (www.plantzafrica.com).
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