Caputia scaposa var. scaposa, previously Senecio scaposus and in Afrikaans the klein-tontelbos (small tinder bush), is a perennial that grows a clump of numerous leaves, succulent and erect.
Largely a Little Karoo plant, the distribution carries on further eastwards to the Kei River in the Eastern Cape.
The habitat is often guarri- and spekboomveld on karoid, rocky outcrops and steep slopes in both clayey and sandy soils; also where nutrient levels are low. The variety is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century.
There is a rare variety of this plant, S. scaposus var. addoensis that has flat, spoon-shaped leaves with elaborate tips.
C. scaposa var. scaposa is popular as a container plant (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot; http://www.llifle.com; www.cactus-art.biz; http://redlist.sanbi.org).