Albuca namaquensis is one of the most attractive spiral leaved Albucas from the dry parts of South Africa.
The small plants show their sideways spiralling leaves during the winter months, similar to that of Albuca viscosa
but in the case of Albuca namaquensis a larger portion of leaf is usually compactly spiralled fairly close to the ground, While in Albuca viscosa the outer parts are usually losely spiralled with a larger coil higher above the ground. Albuca namaquensis does not have glandular sticky leaves like Albuca viscosa. Another desirable spriral leaved Albuca, Albuca spiralis is distinguihed by its upward spiralling leaf and flowers in autumn while the other two flower in spring.
The flowers are also somewhat similar to that of Albuca viscosa but the raceme is shorter. The seedpods are relatively large in comparison to other small Albucas.