Dracophilus dealbatus is a branched but compact dwarf succulent shrublet of the coast north and south of the Gariep River mouth. The thickly succulent leaves grow erect in similar three-angled pairs, sometimes tending towards cylindrical shape. Leaf colouring on the finely textured, waxy surfaces is pale grey-green, sometimes pink at the leaf apex where a tiny protruding spiny tip may be just visible.
The woody, dry seed capsules seen here from last season’s flowers have twelve or thirteen locules. They are said to disintegrate soon once the seeds have been released. The plants grow on sandy flats or on stony ground, often in rocky crevices (Smith, et al, 1998).