Braunsia apiculata is a leaf succulent with low-growing, mat-forming habit, reaching 20 cm in height. The woody stems root at the nodes.
The species distribution is mainly in the Western Cape and slightly into the Northern Cape, from the Cederberg to the Little Karoo. The habitat is sandstone outcrops, among quartzite pebbles or in shale among semi-arid vegetation types including renosterveld and fynbos. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Smith, et al, 1998; www.cactus-art.biz; www.redlist.sanbi.org).