The fruit of Gloveria integrifolia seen in the photo is a three-lobed capsule; red in colour and obconical to globose in shape. It becomes about 5 mm in diameter, bursting open when ripe. The narrow petals are still present at the back of the fruit on this specimen. Fruits are found on the plant in summer or early autumn. The fruit contains dark brown seeds covered fully by a pinkish aril, of interest to hungry birds that serve to do the seed dispersal.
This shrub is commonly known as the splint-spikethorn. The many branches often turn downwards and carry many small side-branches and spur-branchlets. Scattered, robust spines, often with leaf fascicles and dwarf spur-branchlets growing on them, are easy to see, important to avoid. These spines become 8 cm long and are grey on older wood.
The plants grow in two discrete distributions, the one in the Western Cape and Little Karoo, the other in Namaqualand (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010).