Gibbaeum velutinum is a dwarf succulent of the Little Karoo, in Afrikaans commonly known as haaibekkie (little shark mouth). The longer leaf in each pair, a distinctive characteristic, brought the plant the haaibekkie name. This longer leaf may grow to over 6 cm.
G. velutinum produces pink autumn flowers of about 5 cm in diameter.
The plant is adapted to winter rainfall, susceptible to rotting when receiving too much water, especially in summer. It does better in partial shade during the hot months.