Duvalia caespitosa is a Stapelia-like plant with characteristic star shaped flowers with five fleshy, narrow 'petals'. The species is extremely variable and forms a complex ( The several synonyms refers to previously described species, so similar and intermingled that it is almost impossible to name them accurately without knowing where they come from.) It is not surprising to have caused so much difficulty, because you can find plants with slightly different characteristics growing cheek by jowl in many parts of the areal. The species can easily be divided into 2 varieties by morphological characters: the nominate form (in summer-rainfall areas and transitional regions) and Duvalia caespitosa var. compacta (restricted to winter-rainfall areas of the Western Cape). Whatever they are called they are all lovely plants meriting a place in any succulent collection.