The distribution of Gibbaeum dispar is confined to the areas around Vanwyksdorp in the Little Karoo. From all of the several Gibbaeum species that are found, Gibbaeum dispar seems to prefer bare, desert-like, shale outcroppings while most others prefer quartzite pebbles.
Locally the plants are known as "Bababoudjies" (Baby Buttocks) or Shark Heads.
Gibbaeum dispar does germinate from seed, but it seems that the plants are slightly more difficult to grow then others from the genus.
Gibbaeum dispar in habitat near Vanwyksdorp.
Gibbaeum dispar natural habitat.