Braunsia is a small genus containing around 7 succulent species in the Aizoaceae family. These plants are restricted in their distribution to South Africa. Typically they grow to a height of around 20cm, producing rounded foliage, arranged oppositely in pairs and daisy-like, bright pink-purple, occasionally white flowers. These are photosensitive, opening in response to the midday sun and closing in the evening. The leaves are almost equal in size and shape, fused to around half their length, which is approximately 2.5cm and they are covered in small outgrowths called papillae which create a velvety texture.