Its name honors Dr. Fritz Schafer, a Namibian physician and botanist. It is a dwarf, bonsai-like succulent plant with a caudex where it stores water to survive during drought periods. It is a low growing succulent plant, branched at the base, with knotted stems almost intertwined with each other. In winter, during its vegetative period, it grows its smooth green, egg-shaped leaves. Before entering the dormancy period, it blooms in late summer with a pale pink or white bell-shaped inflorescence.